Odilon Redon

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Odilon Redon
1840-1916
The Spider
1902
Charcoal and black pastel.
19 9/16 x 13 7/8 inches (499 x 350 mm)
Thaw Collection.
2017.208
Provenance: 
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. 317, repr.

Notes: 

Redon's human-faced arachnid exploits the potential of anthropomorphism to produce creatures that embody irrealism, a movement that countered the prevailing naturalism in literary Paris. Redon's work on his noirs was complex. He drew using various shades of black, erased, scratched out, sprayed with fixative, reworked, and manipulated the paper to produce a broad range of effects and tones despite the monochromatic media. These techniques yielded the effect of the image coalescing on the sheet--of the page as a self-contained universe. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection" Morgan Library & Museum, 2017.

Associated names: 

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

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