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Title Plate

Title Plate

(French, 1840–1916)
(French, 1858–1936)
Image: 32 x 20 cm (12 5/8 x 7 7/8 in.); Sheet: 44.8 x 31.8 cm (17 5/8 x 12 1/2 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Mellerio 160
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

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.
  • ?-1966
    (Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago, sold to the Print Club of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH)
    The Print Club of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • "Year in Review." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 54, no. 10 (1967): 302-46. Mentioned: pp. 344-345
  • Collecting Dreams: Odilon Redon. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 19, 2021-January 23, 2022).
    Year in Review: 1967. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 29-December 31, 1967).
  • {{cite web|title=Title Plate|url=false|author=Odilon Redon, Auguste Clot|year=1896|access-date=17 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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