standing frowning figure at left with arms hanging down in front of body; hood or scarf sweeping around in a swirl in LRC from shoulders and head, around a dark radiating ball; two glowing concentric circles in ULC; dark ground

Le Buddha (The Buddha), 1895

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Growing up on his father's isolated estate in Bordeaux, France, Odilon Redon said he "sought out the shadows." While other artists were busy with oil color, Redon expressed his fantastical imaginings in black and white lithographs because they allowed him the moody, luminous look of charcoal. A gift of Gustave Flaubert's Temptation of Saint Anthony (1874) proved a goldmine for Redon. It inspired three series of lithographs and this print, which shows a shadowy figure enveloping what could be a black sun pushing out the day. Redon's goal was to suggest, not illustrate, a text's meaning. The printed verse comes from Flaubert's Buddha: "They led me into the schools / I knew more than the professors."

Details
Title
Le Buddha (The Buddha)
Artist Life
1840–1916
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2007.52.2
Provenance
[Thomas French Fine Art, Fairlawn, Ohio]
Catalogue Raisonne
Mellerio 132; Stein & Karshan 64
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standing frowning figure at left with arms hanging down in front of body; hood or scarf sweeping around in a swirl in LRC from shoulders and head, around a dark radiating ball; two glowing concentric circles in ULC; dark ground