About this artwork
This eerie drawing may have had familial ramifications. In the 1880s Redon’s younger brother, Gaston, won the coveted Prix de Rome in architecture, which may have rekindled a kind of sibling rivalry and increased the artist’s own feelings of inadequacy. Reiterating a motif that he had used before, Redon seems to have included a solar eclipse in one of the eyes of the laurel-wreathed bust’s masklike face.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Odilon Redon
- False Glory
- Various charcoals, with incising, stumping, wiping, erasing, and subtractive brushwork, on pale-pink wove paper altered to a pale, golden tone
- Signed lower left, black chalk: "ODILON REDON"
- 499 × 331 mm
- Through prior acquisitions of the David Adler Memorial Fund