The Temptation of Saint Anthony (First Series)

First a Pool of Water, Then a Prostitute, the Corner of a Temple, a Soldier's Face, a Chariot with Two White, Rearing Horses

1888
(French, 1840–1916)
printer
(French)
publisher
Support: China paper; wove paper
Image: 29.1 x 20.8 cm (11 7/16 x 8 3/16 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Mellerio 84
State: I/I
Edition: edition of 60 (58 printed)
Location: not on view
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Publisher Edmond Deman commissioned this portfolio after he saw an 1886 exhibition of Redon's work in Brussels, Belgium.

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This portfolio is one of three made by Odilon Redon inspired by avant-garde writer Gustave Flaubert’s novel The Temptation of Saint Anthony (1874). Captivated by the book’s fantastical account of moralizing tests encountered by a hermit in the desert, Redon executed charcoal drawings and attempted to evoke that medium’s dense blackness in his lithographs. Based on the text’s darkly imaginative tone rather than its actual content, the works in this series present invented monsters and figures in otherworldly settings with jarring tonal variations. Although Redon felt that the prints effectively translated the surreal universe of his source material, they were largely misunderstood in his own time.
First a Pool of Water, Then a Prostitute, the Corner of a Temple, a Soldier's Face, a Chariot with Two White, Rearing Horses

First a Pool of Water, Then a Prostitute, the Corner of a Temple, a Soldier's Face, a Chariot with Two White, Rearing Horses

1888

Odilon Redon, Becquet, Edmond Deman

(French, 1840–1916), (French)
France, 19th century

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