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Fear

A work made of etching on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on cream laid paper.

Date:

1865

Artist:

Odilon Redon
French, 1840-1916

About this artwork

Odilon Redon’s fantastically dark sensibility is in full evidence in Fear. A rider protecting a child in his arms gallops past desolate plunging ravines, driven by an unseen threat. Redon’s dramatic etching may refer to the Elfking (Der Erlkönig), a tragic 1782 poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. In that work, a father tries to reassure his anxious, dangerously ill son that the hostile elements that beset them are not elves trying to spirit him away. Though the child dies, the poem remains open to interpretation. Indeed, Redon’s forbidding landscape strongly suggests the presence of supernatural forces only the doomed son could sense.

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Artist

Odilon Redon

Title

Fear

Origin

France

Date

1865

Medium

Etching on cream laid paper

Dimensions

110 × 200 mm (image) 140 × 222 mm (plate); 270 × 358 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Stickney Collection

Reference Number

1920.1516

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