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Thomas Moran (American, b. England, 1837-1926)
Bluebeard's Castle, 1915
Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in.
Signed and dated (with artist's thumbprint) at lower right: Moran 1915.
August Heckscher Collection.  1959.117




About This Work

Thomas Moran painted several romantic works based on literary sources. In the 1890's, he painted scenes from The Odyssey and The Arabian Nights, which were well received by critics. Inspired by the 1697 Charles Perrault fairytale about the ogre Bluebeard who killed his wife when her curiosity compelled her to disobey his orders, Bluebeard's Castle bears close resemblance to the scenes of Scottish castles which Moran painted following a 1910 sketching trip to England. They share a romantic approach, depicting an isolated castle enshrouded in an atmospheric haze, recalling the light effects of the English painter J.M.W. Turner.




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