The Apocalypse of Saint John

The Apocalypse of Saint John

1899

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Odilon Redon

(French, 1840-1916)

printer

Blanchard

publisher

Ambroise Vollard

(French, 1867-1939)

Twelve lithographs on wove paper

Support: Wove paper

Image: 20.2 x 23.3 cm (7 15/16 x 9 3/16 in.)

Gift of Ralph King 1926.140

Catalogue raisonné: Mellerio 173-185

State: I/I

Edition: edition of 100

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This is one of the last works where Redon experimented with lithograph and all-black medium. In contrast, bright, dazzling colors characterize his late works.

Description

The last of Odilon Redon’s 11 lithographic portfolios, this series relates to the Book of Revelation from the Christian Bible. The subject had been explored throughout art history, allowing the artist to align himself with past masters, such as Albrecht Dürer. Although Redon often vaguely referenced texts, these prints directly illustrate 12 individual passages, including one about a woman clothed with the sun and another focused on a great star falling from heaven. By the time he created this portfolio, Redon’s reputation was well established. The project was published by art dealer Ambroise Vollard, who began to sell and promote Redon’s work about a year earlier, building a market for his prints in Paris and abroad.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Lithograph
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Credit line: 
Gift of Ralph King

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