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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2005.131
People
Odilon Redon, French (Bordeaux France 1840 - 1916 Paris France)
Title
Chimera
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1880-1895
Culture
French
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Charcoal on buff wove paper
Dimensions
50.9 x 37.8 cm (20 1/16 x 14 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: charcoal, lower left: ODILON REDON
  • inscription: verso, upper left corner, graphite: 2 / 505 x 375
  • inscription: verso, lower right corner, graphite: 5 [or S?] 7 x 74
  • inscription: verso, lower left corner, graphite: n=45-
  • gallery label: back of frame, printed and typed: E.V. THAW & CO. / 50 EAST 78TH STREET NEW YORK / Odilon Redon / "La Chimere" / charcoal drawing / 19 7/8 x 14 3/4"
  • gallery label: back of frame, printed and inscribed: THE MATTHIESEN GALLERY / 142 NEW BOND STREET, LONDON, W.1 / ODILON REDON EXHIBITION / MAY/JUNE 1959 / TITLE: La Chimere / CAT. NO.: 13 / LENDER: Private Collection, London
  • inscription: verso, upper left corner, graphite: 2814
Provenance
Claude-Emile Shuffenecker, c. 1892; Ambroise Vollard, Paris; Stephen Higgins, Paris, c. 1958; Jean-Pierre Durand, Geneva; Mme Edouard Jonas, Paris; E.V. Thaw & Co., New York; Richard B. Sisson, New York; bequest to Fogg Art Museum, 2005
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Richard B. Sisson and through the generosity of Anthony and Celeste Meier
Accession Year
2005
Object Number
2005.131
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Société de peintres-graveurs français: Quatrième Exposition, exh. cat., Galeries Durand-Ruel (Paris, 1892), checklist no. 281

Exposition Odilon Redon, auct. cat., Galeries Durand-Ruel (Paris, 1894), no. 38

Stephen Higgins, Odilon Redon: Magicien du noir et blanc, exh. cat. (Paris, 1958), cat. no. 14, repr.

Odilon Redon 1840-1916: A Loan Exhibition of Paintings, Pastels and Drawings in Aid of Corneal Graft and Eye Bank Research, exh. cat., Matthiesen Gallery (London, 1959), no. 13, repr.

Arï Redon, ed., Lettres de Gauguin, Gide, Huysmans, Jammes, Mallarmé, Verhaeren ... à Odilon Redon, Librairie José Corti (Paris, 1960), p. 201

19th and 20th Century Master Drawings, auct. cat. (New York, 1964), no. 15, repr.

Klaus Berger, Odilon Redon: Phantasie und Farbe, M. DuMont Schauberg (Cologne, Germany, 1964)

Collecting Privately, exh. cat., Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick, Maine, 1965), cat. no. 18, fig. 4

Klaus Berger, Odilon Redon: Fantasy and Colour, McGraw-Hill Book Company (New York, Toronto, London, 1965), no. 647

Alec Wildenstein, Odilon Redon: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint et dessiné, Wildenstein Institute (Paris, 1992-1998), vol. 2, no. 1115, repr.

Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 2005-2006 (Cambridge, MA, 2007), p. 26, repr.

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), pp. 122, 283, repr. p. 123 as fig. 3

Exhibition History

Société de peintres-graveurs français: Quatrième Exposition, Galeries Durand-Ruel, Paris, 04/15/1892 - 04/30/1892

Exposition Odilon Redon, Galeries Durand-Ruel, Paris, 03/01/1894 - 04/30/1894

Odilon Redon: Magicien du noir et blanc, Stephen Higgins, Paris, 06/01/1958 - 09/15/1958

Odilon Redon 1840-1916: A Loan Exhibition of Paintings, Pastels and Drawings in Aid of Corneal Graft and Eye Bank Research, Matthiesen Gallery, London, 05/01/1959 - 06/30/1959

Art for the Collector, San Francisco Museum of Art, 08/23/1962 - 09/23/1962

19th and 20th Century Master Drawings, E. V. Thaw & Co., New York, 09/29/1964 - 10/24/1964

Collecting Privately, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, 07/02/1965 - 09/05/1965

Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/21/2017 - 05/07/2017

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