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False Glory

A work made of various charcoals, with incising, stumping, wiping, erasing, and subtractive brushwork, on pale-pink wove paper altered to a pale, golden tone.
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  • A work made of various charcoals, with incising, stumping, wiping, erasing, and subtractive brushwork, on pale-pink wove paper altered to a pale, golden tone.

Date:

c. 1885

Artist:

Odilon Redon
French, 1840-1916

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.

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Artist

Odilon Redon

Title

False Glory

Origin

France

Date

1880–1890

Medium

Various charcoals, with incising, stumping, wiping, erasing, and subtractive brushwork, on pale-pink wove paper altered to a pale, golden tone

Inscriptions

Signed lower left, black chalk: "ODILON REDON"

Dimensions

499 × 331 mm

Credit Line

Through prior acquisitions of the David Adler Memorial Fund

Reference Number

1996.46

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