About this artwork

This print is from a series inspired by Gustave Flaubert’s prose-poem ‘La Tentation de Saint Antoine’. These prints are not pure illustration but rather serve as loose interpretations of the story. Dream-imagery was central to many of Redon’s drawings and prints, and his works are often peopled with fantastic hybrid creatures or strange combinations of subjects. Redon had a reflective, solitary childhood, in which nature and dreams played an important part. He later expressed the view that society wanted to control natural phenomena, and in the process suppressed its dreams.

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  • title:
    'The Temptation of Saint Anthony'. 'Et un grand oiseau qui descend du ciel, vient s'abattre sur le sommet de chevelure' (Plate III)
  • accession number:
    P 2446.4
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  • materials:
    Lithograph on chine applique
  • date created:
    Published 1888
  • measurements:
    image: 19.00 x 16.00 cm ; sheet: 44.50 x 31.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1959
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Odilon Redon

Odilon Redon