- Gallery Text
Taken from the New Testament (John 11:1–44), the biblical story of the raising of Lazarus is meant to offer a joyful message of resurrection, as Jesus miraculously brings a man back to life. Redon instead offers a grim depiction, with a bewildered Lazarus half emerging from his tomb into a world of shadows—into the margin between death and life. Redon executed this drawing in charcoal, a tonal medium that suited his taste for the austere properties of black, of which he wrote: “Nothing prostitutes it. It neither pleases the eye nor awakens the senses. Far more than the beautiful colors of the palette or the prism, it is the agent of the spirit.” It was this quality that attracted Redon to the work of Seurat, whose drawings in black crayon he collected.
- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
Odilon Redon, French (Bordeaux, France 1840 - 1916 Paris, France)
- The Raising of Lazarus
- Work Type
- 19th-20th century
- Physical Descriptions
- Charcoal and white gouache on blue wove paper, faded to green
- 25.8 x 37.5 cm (10 3/16 x 14 3/4 in.)
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Meta and Paul J. Sachs
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- European and American Art
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- Publication History
John Rewald, "Odilon Redon et Emile Bernard", Gazette des Beaux-Arts (November 1956), XLIX, fig. 5
Visionaries and Dreamers, exh. cat., Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C, 1956), p. 10, cat. no. 69
Agnes Mongan, Memorial Exhibition: Works of Art from the Collection of Paul J. Sachs [1878-1965] : given and bequeathed to the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, exh. cat., Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, 1965), p. 210
Klaus Berger, Odilon Redon: Fantasy and Colour, McGraw-Hill Book Company (New York, Toronto, London, 1965), pp. 54-55 + 61 +228, cat. no. 228, repr. p. 61
Elizabeth Holt, ed., From the classicists to the impressionists; a documentary history of art and architecture in the 19th century, Anchor Books (Garden City, NY, 1966), no. 58, repr.
Nicholas Wadley, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Drawing, Dutton Studio Books, New York (New York, NY, 1991), p. 240
Alec Wildenstein, Odilon Redon: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint et dessiné, Wildenstein Institute (Paris, 1992-1998), vol. 2, p. 215, no. 1164, repr.
Douglas Druick, Odilon Redon: Prince of Dreams, 1840-1916, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, 1994), p. 451, cat. no. 50.
Alain Marchadour, Lazare, Bayard (Paris, 2004), pl. IV (color)
Carey Dunne, Flowers of Evil and the Macabre Literary Imagination of Symbolism, Hyperalleric (July 4, 2016), [e-journal], http://hyperallergic.com/305877/flowers-of-evil-and-the-macabre-literary-imagination-of-symbolism/, accessed January 9, 2017
Franklin Einspruch, Fuse Visual Art Review: A Pair of Drawing Shows at the Harvard Art Museums, The Arts Fuse ([e-journal], June 9, 2016), http://artsfuse.org/146319/fuse-visual-arts-review-a-pair-of-drawing-shows-at-the-harvard-art-museums/, accessed June 9, 2016
- Exhibition History
Flowers of Evil: Symbolist Drawings, 1870–1910, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2016 - 08/14/2016
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