Odilon Redon

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Odilon Redon
1840-1916
Centaur Reading
1880s
Charcoal with fixative on light brown paper.
18 7/8 x 15 7/8 inches (479 x 403 mm)
Thaw Collection.
2017.202
Inscription: 

Signed at lower right in charcoal, "ODILON REDON"

Provenance: 
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rosenberg, ca. 1958; possibly the New Gallery, New York; K. Nakagawa, Japan, ca. 1969; possibly Jane Wade, La Jolla, California, ca. 1978; K. Nakagawa, Japan; a private family collection; sale, Christie's, New York, 7 November 2002, lot 115; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.
Bibliography: 

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 311, repr.
The Thaw collection of master drawings : acquisitions since 2002. New York : Morgan Library & Museum, 2009, no. 45, repr.

Notes: 

Redon's fascination with hybrid creatures led him to embrace the centaur, a mythological creature half man and half horse. This scene of a centaur reading recalls the wise Chiron, who tutored Aesculapius and Achilles. Chiron held a special meaning for Redon, who associated the creature with his mentor, the botanist Armand Clavaud, and with his artistic hero Eugène Delacroix. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"

Associated names: 

Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.

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