Signed at lower right in charcoal, "ODILON REDON"
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.
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"
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.