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Themes in Art

Muses

In ancient Greek mythology, the muses were a suite of three (or later, nine) goddesses who inspired the creation of art, music, literature, and science. In the contemporary sense, a muse refers to a person who inspires creative work, often including a deeply frought sexual fascination on the part of the artist.

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Hesiod and the Muses, Gustave Moreau

Hesiod and the Muses Gustave Moreau, 1870

Ida Rubinstein, Romaine Brooks

Ida Rubinstein Romaine Brooks, 1917

Lovers, Egon Schiele

Lovers Egon Schiele, 1914

Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas

Mary Cassatt Edgar Degas, 1880 – 1884

Pegasus and the Muse, Odilon Redon

Pegasus and the Muse Odilon Redon, 1900

Portrait of Emilie Flöge, Gustav Klimt

Portrait of Emilie Flöge Gustav Klimt, 1902

Symphony in White no 1: The White Girl, James McNeill Whistler

Symphony in White no 1: The White Girl James McNeill Whistler, 1862

The Dream of the Shepherd, Ferdinand Hodler

The Dream of the Shepherd Ferdinand Hodler, 1896

The Kiss, Gustav Klimt

The Kiss Gustav Klimt, 1907 – 1908

The Muses Leaving Their Father Apollo, Gustave Moreau

The Muses Leaving Their Father Apollo Gustave Moreau, 1868

Wally in Red Blouse with Raised Knees, Egon Schiele

Wally in Red Blouse with Raised Knees Egon Schiele, 1913

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