Pastel on paper
sheet, 27 5/8 x 21 3/4in (70.2 x 55.2cm)
Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
The year Odilon Redon completed Profile and Flowers, he was no longer interested in portraiture and began calling his images with figures “meditations.” The dream-like aspect of this pastel is one of Redon’s many trademarks: soft lines, background dotted with nameless flowers, a bouquet, and the suggestion of a halo referencing Renaissance Madonnas. Few details appear in the face of this woman who exists only in the artist’s imagination. Identifiable flowers mingle with fantastical ones whose colors add to the beauty of the composition.
Odilon Redon (French, b.1840, d.1916)