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Odilon Redon (French, 1840-1916)
pastel, Sheet: 68.80 x 56.80 cm (27 1/16 x 22 5/16 inches). Gift from J. H. Wade 1926.25
According to Ovid’s Metamorphosis, after the poet and musician Orpheus was brutally killed by Maenads, his severed head--still singing--floated down the River Hebrus to the Mediterranean, and came to rest on the shores of Lesbos, where a shrine was built in his honor. Orpheus’s lyre was carried to heaven by the Muses, and placed among the stars. Rather than focusing on the macabre aspect of the myth, Redon’s pastel is a dreamlike interpretation of the theme. Transcending the life of the body, Orpheus’s head floats through a glittering, ethereal landscape, his song uniting with the harmony of the universe.