Gustave Moreau, 1826-1898
Sappho on the Cliff, 1872
De Glehn worked in the Beaux-Arts studios “on and off” for six years and the only insight we have of the relationship between master and student comes from a letter from de Glehn to Moreau held in the archives of the Musée Moreau, Paris. Dating from December 1896, the letter is brief and in it de Glehn thanks his teacher for his criticisms and advice. De Glehn declared that the advice would be very useful; he promised to think about it often, and that which he did not understand at that moment he hoped would become clear with time. Further, he promised to produce much new work and to make more of an effort. Whatever the precise nature of Moreau’s advice had been remains lost to us, but it is clear that Wilfrid had a high degree of respect for the master. His criticisms were clearly constructive and sent Wilfrid back to work with renewed vigour.