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The Sacred Elephant (1882)

Although literary sources of the theme of “a sacred elephant” are unclear, it would appear to be based on the Hindu belief. This work is a fine example conveying Moreau’s delicate and gallant mastership of watercolour. Particularly the way one colour is applied over another on the ornament on the elephant’s head is a technique frequently employed in Moreau’s watercolours of the 1880s. 

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By Gustave Moreau.

Image is from National Museum in Warsaw and Wikimedia Commons, under Public Domain License.