Oct 29, 2007

Closed Eyes

Closed Eyes

1890

Odilon Redon

(French, 1840-1916)

printer

Becquet

(French)

Lithograph on China paper laid on wove paper

Support: China paper

Image: 31.2 x 24.2 cm (12 5/16 x 9 1/2 in.)

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1927.306

Catalogue raisonné: Mellerio 107

State: trial proof (before letters)

Edition: edition of 100

Did you know?

Despite its androgynous look, this figure has been identified as a portrait of Redon´s wife, Camille Falte.

Description

Odilon Redon explored the image of an androgynous figure with closed eyes in several of his works. He saw the expression as representative of a meditative shift inward and away from the constraints of modern society. By drawing lightly on a lithographic stone, Redon made faint lines that subtly modeled and shaded the head and shoulders while contrasting with the more sketchily drawn, inexplicable landscape in the foreground. Part of the Print Club of Cleveland’s early gift of lithographs by Redon to the museum, this impression is a unique trial proof, printed while the artist was collaborating with master printer Becquet to assess the composition’s progress.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.