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Lithograph on China paper laid on wove paper
Support: Wove paper
Image: 29.2 x 20.9 cm (11 1/2 x 8 1/4 in.); Sheet: 56.1 x 42.4 cm (22 1/16 x 16 11/16 in.)
Gift of Ralph King 1926.140.8
Catalogue raisonné: Mellerio 174
Edition: edition of 100
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.
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.
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