The Apparition

The Apparition

Gustave Moreau


Watercolor on paper

106 x 72 cm.

Cabinet des dessins, Louvre, Paris

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    The water-color entitled The Apparition was perhaps even more disturbing [than Salome dancing before Herod].

    There, the palace of Herod arose like an Alhambra on slender, iridescent columns with moorish tile, joined with silver beton and gold cement. Arabesques proceeded from lozenges of lapis lazuli, wove their patterns on the cupolas where, on nacreous marquetry, crept rainbow gleams and prismatic flames.

    The murder was accomplished. The executioner stood impassive, his hands on the hilt of his long, blood-stained sword. [continued below]