A jewel of the 9th district, the hotel parisien of the French Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau [1826 -1898] is located at 14 rue de la Rochefoucauld, hidden away in the Nouvelle Athènes neighbourhood. One could often walk by without noticing this extraordinary museum since the heavy doors appear to be always closed. Once in the vestibule you are invited to start the visit on the second floor. After climbing the last steps of the staircase, the visitor sees that the ceiling is higher--much, much higher--than expected.
Each time I visit I find myself spending a lot of time sitting on one of the stools slowly studying some of the 4,831 drawings and 250 watercolours that are available for visitors in beautiful wood display units. What an exception in museology the Gustave Moreau museum is! In one place it is possible to retrace the entire genesis of a painting and start to understand the creative process.
Moreau's bedroom and study.