Oct 29, 2021
Oct 29, 2021
Oct 29, 2021

Princess Maleine (The Little Madonna)

Princess Maleine (The Little Madonna)


Odilon Redon

(French, 1840-1916)

Etching and drypoint on wove paper

Plate: 8.6 x 6.3 cm (3 3/8 x 2 1/2 in.); Image: 12 x 6.7 cm (4 3/4 x 2 5/8 in.); Sheet: 23.1 x 19.8 cm (9 1/8 x 7 13/16 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 2021.172

Catalogue raisonné: Harrison 26; Werner 196; Mellerio 22

State: only state

Edition: I/III; edition of 8


Did you know?

Odilon Redon created this print by reusing the copper plate from his 1880 etching David, and the earlier image is faintly visible throughout.


Although Odilon Redon was best known for his lithographs, he created nearly 30 prints using etching throughout his career. Here, he depicted Princess Maleine, the protagonist of a tragic drama by avant-garde playwright Maurice Maeterlinck, himself a collector of Redon’s prints. The young woman is represented in feathery black lines and tonal areas created using drypoint, a technique that wears down as impressions are printed.

See also
PR - Etching
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Dudley P. Allen Fund

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