Oct 29, 2007

Closed Eyes

Closed Eyes


Odilon Redon

(French, 1840–1916)




Lithograph on China paper laid on wove paper

Support: Wove paper

Image: 31.2 x 24.2 cm (12 5/16 x 9 1/2 in.)

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1927.306

Catalogue raisonné: Mellerio 107

State: trial proof (before letters)

Edition: edition of 100


Did you know?

Despite its androgynous look, this figure has been identified as a portrait of Redon´s wife, Camille Falte.


Odilon Redon explored the image of an androgynous figure with closed eyes in several of his works. He saw the expression as representative of a meditative shift inward and away from the constraints of modern society. By drawing lightly on a lithographic stone, Redon made faint lines that subtly modeled and shaded the head and shoulders while contrasting with the more sketchily drawn, inexplicable landscape in the foreground. Part of the Print Club of Cleveland’s early gift of lithographs by Redon to the museum, this impression is a unique trial proof, printed while the artist was collaborating with master printer Becquet to assess the composition’s progress.

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