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Apparition Gm-34409401

Apparition Gm-34409401

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Odilon Redon (French, 1840–1916) This is one of Odilon Redon's noirs, charcoal drawings that he made over several decades in the late 1800s and so named for their dark tones and mysterious, often nightmarish, imagery.

Here, strong black strokes of charcoal cover much of the warm-toned paper, creating an atmosphere of primordial gloom. From this dark void the capped head of a bearded figure appears. A strong, supernatural light emanates from him, and yet his eyes are cast in mysterious shadow. He smiles slightly.

Rays of light shine down from an orb above the figure's head; the orb is shaped like a thought-bubble that seems to connote thoughts or imagination--or put more abstractly, the cerebral act that precedes creation. And perhaps creation is what the artist has implied here: the first passages in the book of Genesis that describe God's creation of heaven and earth and the division of day from night.

On the other hand, the drawing's imagery is subtle and obtuse. Like a dream, the elements cannot add up to a purely rationalized experience.

Art + Ideas Podcast: Lee Hendrix on Noir

Our Cards are all printed on 100% cotton tree-free archival paper. All Cards include a recycled kraft envelope in a protective sleeve individually hand wrapped for you. Each card is printed one at a time and hand bound here in Lugano, Switzerland. We ship all over the world via SwissPost. Please allow 5-9 business days for us to make them and 5-7 business days for transit. Art Prints are printed on heavy matte finish German art paper using the finest Canon archival inks. Frame is black natural with a white mattboard and Acrylite glazing.

Wall Murals are printed on 42" matte finish, self-adhesive Kodak PhotoText fabric panels that combine and mount easily on a non textured wall surface. We can custom make to any size, just ask.

Stretched Canvas is stretched by hand over 1.5" thick pine bars and printed on cotton poly matte finish canvas. Each canvas is hand coated with Hahnemuhle UV/Archive coating, these are Swiss quality best in industry canvases.


All our images are digitized from the original negative, printed and assembled in Switzerland to museum standards by our master printer.

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Artwork in this collection is from The J. Paul Getty Museum. Reproduction rights are reserved by the copyright owner and used under license by Archivea GmbH.

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