The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 315, repr.
The theme of metamorphosis, prevalent in Redon's work, is embodied by the bizarre hybrid creatures that appear in his noirs. Here, a man's head covered in a spiky crown emerges from the side of a leafy tree on the bank of a river. His face is shaded as he looks down, his mouth closed. As in many of Redon's drawings, the imagery is elusive and unsettling. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.