Mar 7, 2006

Then There Appears a Singular Being, Having the Head of a Man on the Body of a Fish

The Temptation of Saint Anthony (First Series)

Then There Appears a Singular Being, Having the Head of a Man on the Body of a Fish


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Odilon Redon

(French, 1840–1916)





Edmond Deman


Image: 27.5 x 17 cm (10 13/16 x 6 11/16 in.); Sheet: 44.1 x 30.8 cm (17 3/8 x 12 1/8 in.)

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1927.477.6

Catalogue raisonné: Mellerio 88

State: I/I

Edition: edition of 60 (58 printed)


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Publisher Edmond Deman commissioned this portfolio after he saw an 1886 exhibition of Redon's work in Brussels, Belgium.


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.

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