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WORKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF JOE R. & TERESA L. LONG

Odilon Redon
LE CHRIST ET SES DISCIPLES
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 93,750 USD
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146

WORKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF JOE R. & TERESA L. LONG

Odilon Redon
LE CHRIST ET SES DISCIPLES
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 93,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Odilon Redon
1840 - 1916
LE CHRIST ET SES DISCIPLES
Signed Odilon Redon (lower right)
Oil on canvas
12 3/4 by 9 5/8 in.
32.5 by 24.5 cm
Painted circa 1905. 
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Provenance

Eugène Rehns, Paris
Private Collection, Paris
Galerie Cazeau-Béraudière, Paris
Acquired from the above on June 29, 2004

Literature

Alec Wildenstein, Odilon Redon, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint et dessiné, vol. IV, Paris, 1998, no. 2595, illustrated p. 256 & in color p. 257

Catalogue Note

The early 1890s sees the reintroduction of color into Redon’s work, a period when spirituality also took on greater importance for him. “If Redon now often turned to mythology or the Bible for subjects, he did so mostly to provide his compositions with some plausible theme rather than to illustrate any specific episodes of Olympian sagas or of the Scriptures” (John Rewald, “Odilon Redon,” in Odilon Redon, Gustave Moreau, Rodolphe Bresdin (exhibition catalogue)The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1961, p. 39). Since much of Western religious art is traditionally rooted in scripture, Redon is unusual in this respect. The present work draws on the theme of discipleship and the divine nature of Christ rather than a specific episode of the New Testament. Though he was not an orthodox Christian, Redon mixed in Catholic circles and was clearly attracted to the figure of Christ who features frequently at this time.

Redon was a friend of Édouard Schuré, the author of Les grands initiés, an influential syncretistic text published in 1889 which became popular among several French artists, including the Nabis painters Paul Sérusier and Paul Ranson. As Barbara Larson writes: “Schuré believed that great religious leaders and philosophers, including Christ and Rama, were ‘initiates’ or seers who had perceived universal truths” (Barbara Larson, “From Botany to Belief: Odilon Redon and Armand Clavaud,” in As in a Dream, Odilon Redon (exhibition catalogue)Frankfurt, 2007, p. 97).

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