Odilon Redon Profile of a Woman with a Vase of Flowers c.1895–1905

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Odilon Redon 1840–1916
Profile of a Woman with a Vase of Flowers
Profile de femme avec vase de fleurs
Date c.1895–1905
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 655 x 505 mm
FD: 855x715x70mm
Acquisition Presented anonymously 1989
Not on display

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This is one of a series of paintings by Redon which combine flowers and a female head. For Redon this motif was expressive of a harmony or correspondence between nature and the human soul. Here the subdued colours emphasise the ethereal quality of the image. The woman's head is drawn in a simple, almost archaic style, and is likely to have been inspired by early Italian Renaissance portraits.

September 2004

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