Profile and Flowers

Maker and role
Artist: Odilon Redon, French, 1840-1916
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Object detail

Pastel on paper
sheet, 27 5/8 x 21 3/4in (70.2 x 55.2cm)
Credit line
Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
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Further information
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.
Museum of Modern Art Tenth Loan Exhibition: Lautrec, Redon; 1931; no. 97
Odilon Redon: Catalogue Raisonné de L'oeuvre Peint et Dessiné; Alec Wildenstein; 1992-1998; 317
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 54
Signature & date
Signed l.l.: Odilon Redon
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