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A Woman Clothed with the Sun

A Woman Clothed with the Sun

1899
(French, 1840–1916)
Image: 23 x 28.6 cm (9 1/16 x 11 1/4 in.); Sheet: 56 x 42.4 cm (22 1/16 x 16 11/16 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Mellerio 179
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

This is one of the last works where Redon experimented with lithograph and all-black medium. In contrast, bright, dazzling colors characterize his late works.

Description

The last of Odilon Redon’s 11 lithographic portfolios, this series relates to the Book of Revelation from the Christian Bible. The subject had been explored throughout art history, allowing the artist to align himself with past masters, such as Albrecht Dürer. Although Redon often vaguely referenced texts, these prints directly illustrate 12 individual passages, including one about a woman clothed with the sun and another focused on a great star falling from heaven. By the time he created this portfolio, Redon’s reputation was well established. The project was published by art dealer Ambroise Vollard, who began to sell and promote Redon’s work about a year earlier, building a market for his prints in Paris and abroad.
  • ?-1926
    Ralph King [1855-1926], Cleveland, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
    1926-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Catalogue of an exhibition of the art of lithography: commemorating the sesquicentennial of its invention, 1798-1948. [Cleveland]: The Cleveland Museum of Art, November 11, 1948-January 2, 1949. Published as: Une Femme revêtue du soleil. Mentioned: p. 58 archive.org
  • Collecting Dreams: Odilon Redon. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 19, 2021-January 23, 2022).
    Odilon Redon: Dream Creatures and Anemones. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (August 21-October 14, 1984).
    Charles Meryon, Odilon Redon, and Rodolphe Bresdin. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (October 1, 1978-April 1, 1979).
    The Silver Jubilee Exhibition. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (June 23-September 28, 1941).
    French Art Since Eighteen Hundred. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 8-December 8, 1929).
  • {{cite web|title=A Woman Clothed with the Sun|url=false|author=Odilon Redon|year=1899|access-date=12 April 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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