Princess Maleine (The Little Madonna)

1892
(French, 1840–1916)
Plate: 8.6 x 6.3 cm (3 3/8 x 2 1/2 in.); Image: 12 x 6.7 cm (4 3/4 x 2 5/8 in.); Sheet: 23.1 x 19.8 cm (9 1/8 x 7 13/16 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Harrison 26; Werner 196; Mellerio 22
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Odilon Redon created this print by reusing the copper plate from his 1880 etching David, and the earlier image is faintly visible throughout.

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Although Odilon Redon was best known for his lithographs, he created nearly 30 prints using etching throughout his career. Here, he depicted Princess Maleine, the protagonist of a tragic drama by avant-garde playwright Maurice Maeterlinck, himself a collector of Redon’s prints. The young woman is represented in feathery black lines and tonal areas created using drypoint, a technique that wears down as impressions are printed.
Princess Maleine (The Little Madonna)

Princess Maleine (The Little Madonna)

1892

Odilon Redon

(French, 1840–1916)

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