Odilon REDON
(1840-1916)

 

French symbolist painter. Born in Bordeaux in 1840. At 15, while studying painting under Stanislas Gorin, he became inspired by the works of Eugene Delacroix. Through Arman Clavaud, who was still a botanist at the time, Redon was introduced to literature by Edgar Allen Poe and Charles Baudelaire. Studied painting under Jean Leon Gerome for a time, but had trouble adapting to neoclassicism and returned to Bordeaux. Afterwards, he learned from Rodolphe Bresdin, a traveling engraver who was staying in Bordeaux. Bresdin's romanticist works had an influence on Redon which would continue to appear throughout his life.
After the Franco-Prussian War, moved to Paris with the intention of becoming a draughtsman. When deciding the best way to make his charcoal drawings known, he learned lithography at the salon he frequented, and used this method to create his first print series, "Dans le Rêve" (1879). Following that, he created "A Edgar Poe" (1882), based on Poe's short stories, and "Les Origines" (1883), his own interpretation of Darwin's Theory of Evolution. Throughout these works, he used the motif of an eyeball, a tool that looks over the world. From 1888 to 1896, he worked on "La Tentation de Saint-Antoine 1-3", the series based on works by Gustave Flaubert that would come to represent Redon. These fantastic, dreamlike works are done in a monochrome black, which he called "the most essential of all colors".The third set of this series was republished  posthumously in 1933, leaving it with two editions.
Passed away in 1916.

 

〈The Temptation of Saint Anthony, third series〉

Gustave Flaubert's novel "The Temptation of Saint Anthony" was published in 1874, nearly 30 years after its inspiration. The picture-scroll-like story is about a fantastic experience of Saint Anthony of the 3rd century AD, at the hermitage on the mountaintop of Thebe. Overnight, the saint experiences the illusions of various religious and mythical gods and demons, have a glimpse on the origin of life, and in the end, finds the face of Jesus Christ in the rising Sun. Odilon Redon made 42 lithographs (including a cover image) based on "The Temptation of Saint Anthony". By expressing hallucinating, devilish atmosphere with monotone black, the color artist described as "the most essential color of all colors", the series are known as Redon's representative works.
The first series (60 editions, 11 prints) were published in 1888, followed by the second series (60 editions, 7 prints) in 1889. The third series has 2 editions. The first edition published in 1896 (50 editions, 24 prints) and the latter edition released in 1933 (220 editions, 22 prints).
Works we have at the gallery are 22 prints from the latter edition of "The Temptation of Saint Anthony" Third series.

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"II. Saint Anthony: Help me, O my God!"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 21.8×13.2cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 135


"III. And on every side are columns of basalts,... the light falls from the vaulted roof"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 24.3×19.0cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 136


"IV. My kisses have the taste of the fruit which would melt in your heart! ... You disdain me! Farewell!"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 20.0×16.3cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 137



"V. Flowers fall and the head of a python appears"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 26.0×20.0cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 138


"VI. In the shadow are people, weeping and praying, surrounded by others who are exhorting them"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 26.2×21.6cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 139


"VII. And he discerns an arid, knoll-covered plain"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 24.5×19.9cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 140



"IX. I plunged into solitude. I dwelt in the tree behind me"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 29.8×22.6cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 142


"X. Helena - Ennoia"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 9.4×8.5cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 143


"XI. Immediately three goddesses arise"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 26.7×16.2cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 144



"XII. Intelligence was mine! I became the Buddha"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 31.6×21.7cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 145


"XIII. And eyes without heads were floating like mollusks"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 31.2×22.5cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 146


"XIV. Oannes: "I, the first consciousness of chaos, arose from the abyss to harden matter, to regulate forms""

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 28.0×21.8cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 147



"XV. Here is the Good Goddess, the Idæan of the mountains"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 14.8×12.8cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 148


"XVI. I am still the great Isis! Nobody has ever yet lifted my veil! My offspring is the sun!"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 28.2×21.0cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 149


"XVII. He falls head foremost into the abyss"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 28.0×21.0cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 150



"XVIII. Anthony: "What is the object of all this?" The Devil: There is no object!""

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 31.1×25.0cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 151


"XIX. The Old Woman: What are you afraid of? A wide black hole! It is empty perhaps!"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 16.3×10.8cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 152


"XX. Death: It is I who make you serious; let us embrace each other"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 30.3×21.3cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 153



"XXI. I have sometimes seen in the sky what seemed like forms of spirits"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 26.5×18.3cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 154


"XXII. The beasts of the sea, round like leather bottles"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 22.5×19.5cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 155


"XXIII. Different peoples inhabit the countries of the ocean"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 31.0×23.6cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 156



"XXIV. Day appears at last, ...and in the very disk of the sun shines the face of the Jesus Christ"

1896 (1933 edition)
Lithograph
Image size: 26.3×20.3cm
Ed.220
Raissone No. 157

 

 

 

 
"Beatrice"

1897
Color lithograph
Image size: 33.0×29.5cm
Sheet size: 51.6×38.4cm
Ed.100
※Raissone No.168

 
"Child's Head with Flowers"

1897
Monochrome lithograph
Image size: 25.0×21.0cm
Sheet size: 59.7×45.0cm
Ed.50
Signed
Raissone No. 169


"Brünnhilde in Die Götterdämerung by Wagner

1894
Monochrome lithograph
Image size: 38.2×29.2cm
Sheet size: 54.0×40.0cm
Ed.80
Signed
Raissone No. 130
SOLD

 

 
"Sentinmental Horsemen"

1893
Monochrome lithograph
Image size: 13.8×8.3cm
Sheet size: 21.8×19.0cm
Raissone No. 124


"Dark Peak"

1887
Monochrome lithograph
Image size: 14.7×9.1cm
Sheet size: 21.5×16.8cm
Ed.100(Raissone states that there are 100 ed. on Japanese paper and 400 ed. on Chinese paper)
※Raissone No.69

 

 


Exhibitions
2020
325th Gallery exhibition: Odilon Redon Exhibition - La Tentation de Saint Antoine, Dec.11-Dec.26, 2020


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