Medusa

A work made of colored pencils and wax crayons, with pen and blue ink, brush and gold paint and blue gouache, over graphite, on yellow wove paper, laid down on white card (a modern mount).

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  • A work made of colored pencils and wax crayons, with pen and blue ink, brush and gold paint and blue gouache, over graphite, on yellow wove paper, laid down on white card (a modern mount).

Date:

1893

Artist:

Jean Delville
Belgian, 1867-1953

About this artwork

A prolific writer, poet, and artist, Jean Delville was a leading figure of the Idealist branch of Belgian Symbolism, intent on painting visionary ideas instead of images inspired by the real world. According to Greek mythology, the wrathful Athena turned Medusa’s hair into snakes and made it so her hideous face transformed those who looked at it to stone. Delville used this haunting depiction of the seductress to explore the expressive and decorative potential of sinuous lines.

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Artist

Jean Delville

Title

Medusa

Origin

Belgium

Date

1893

Medium

Colored pencils and wax crayons, with pen and blue ink, brush and gold paint and blue gouache, over graphite, on yellow wove paper, laid down on white card (a modern mount)

Dimensions

238 × 445 mm

Credit Line

Regenstein Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2010.345

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