Due to a private event, if you are visiting Waddesdon between 17-24 Aug, there will be some disruption in the gardens on the North & South Fronts, Parterre & Aviary. Ticket holders will be contacted directly.


Gustave Moreau: The Fables online exhibition

The Oak and the Reed, 1883

The oak boasts that its strength will withstand the storm. When the wind blows, it is uprooted. The reed bends and survives.

La Fontaine’s parable about pride and humility and how to survive in turbulent times prompted Moreau to create a drama in which the landscape is dominant. A carriage has overturned. Rearing horses and dead bodies are visible beneath the stricken oak tree. A man and his dog find shelter among the unbroken reeds.