The Haunted House

To All Appearances, It Was a Hand of Flesh and Blood Just Like My Own

(French, 1840–1916)
(French, 1858–1936)
Support: China paper; wove paper
Image: 24.5 x 17.8 cm (9 5/8 x 7 in.); Sheet: 24.8 x 31.3 cm (9 3/4 x 12 5/16 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Mellerio 164
State: I/I
Edition: edition of 60
Location: not on view
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One of Redon's greatest patrons, the occultist René Philipon, commissioned this portfolio as a supplement for his French translation of Bulwer-Lytton's The Haunted and the Haunters.


Odilon Redon was a voracious reader of contemporary literature, and such texts often influenced his art. This series was inspired by The Haunted and the Haunters, an 1859 novel by British writer Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Redon’s prints capture the book’s mysterious tone and emphasis on the supernatural through vague but evocative imagery that sometimes borders on abstraction. By this time a seasoned expert in lithography, the artist collaborated with master printer Auguste Clot. Their combined technical skills allowed for the rich tonal variation seen here, made by turning Redon’s lithographic crayon on its side, layering various marks, and even scratching directly into the surface of his stone.
To All Appearances, It Was a Hand of Flesh and Blood Just Like My Own

To All Appearances, It Was a Hand of Flesh and Blood Just Like My Own


Odilon Redon, Auguste Clot

(French, 1840–1916), (French, 1858–1936)
France, late 19th Century

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