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Pastel, with touches of black Conté crayon, over various charcoals, on cream wove paper altered to a golden tone
Signed lower left, in graphite: "ODILON REDON"
53.6 × 37.7 cm (21 1/8 × 14 7/8 in.)
Bequest of Joseph Winterbotham
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Henry Bidou, “Exposition des groupes d’artistes: Galeries Durand-Ruel, 16 rue Lafitte,” 1899 [Source unknown, Odilon Redon Exhibition Series, Mellerio Redon Papers, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago].
Andre Fontainas, “Art Moderne,” Le Mercure de France (April 1899), p. 247.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, 1961), p. 364.
Klaus Berger, Odilon Redon: Fantasy and Colour, trans. by Michael Bullock (New York, 1965), p. 213, no. 423.
Alfred Werner, The Graphic Works of Odilon Redon: 209 Lithographs, Etchings and Engravings (New York, 1969), no. 165.
Harold Joachim and Sandra Haller Olsen, French Drawings and Sketchbooks of the Nineteenth Century, The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, 1979), no. 4F2.
The Art Institute of Chicago, The Joseph Winterbotham Collection: A Living Tradition (Chicago, 1986), pp. 13, 43 (ill.), and 59, as Evocation.
Richard R. Brettell, Post-Impressionists (New York, 1987), pp. 50-53, and 119 (ill.).
Alec Wildenstein, Odilon Redon: Catalogue raisoné de l’oeuvre peint et dessiné I (Paris, 1992), pp. 60 and 76, no. 165 (ill.).
S. Takeda, K. Kanikawa, T. Hayahshi and Y. Mikami, Weekly Paintings of the World (March 2000).
Michael Laclotte, Venceslas Kruta, Alain Erlande-Brandenburg, Claude Mignot, John Goodman, The Art of Paris (2000).
Barbara Larson, The Dark Side of Nature: Science, Society, and the Fantastic in the Work of Odilon Redon (University Park, Penn., 2005), pp. xii, 188, and 189, fig. 176
Margret Stuffmann and Max Hollein, et. al., As in a Dream: Odilon Redon, exh. cat. (Frankfurt, 2007), p. 129 (ill.).
Paris, Galeries Durand-Ruel, “Exposition,” March 10-31, 1899, cat. 75.
Chicago, Arts Club, “Loan Exhibition of Modern Paintings Privately owned by Chicagoans,” January 4-18, 1929, cat. 59.
Chicago, Arts Club, “Exhibition of the Joseph Winterbotham Collection,” December 9-31, 1936, cat. 38 as “Evocation”.
New York, Museum of Modern Art, “Odilon Redon, Gustave Moreau, Rodolphe Bresdin,” 1961, p. 174, cat. 35; shown only at The Art Institute of Chicago, March 2-April 15, 1962.
The Art Institute of Chicago, May 1, 1987-December 15, 1989.
The Art Institute of Chicago,”Odilon Redon, Prince of Dreams, 1840-1916,” July 2-September 18, 1994, pp. 230-231 and 444, cat. 114, fig. 44, cat. by Douglas Druick, et al; traveled to Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, October 20, 1994-January 15, 1995, and London, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, February 16-May 21, 1995.
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, “The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe”, October 21, 2016 - January 17, 2017, cat. 55, p. 119 (ill.), cat. by Forrest McGill, et. al.
Sold to Galeries Durand Ruel, Paris, April 1899 [Mellerio Redon Account Books, Chicago 1994]. Sold, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 17, 1928, lot 7, as “L’évocation”. Joseph Winterbotham, Jr. (1878-1954), Chicago and Burlington, Vermont, by 1929 [Chicago 1929]; bequeathed to the Art Institute, 1954.
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