The last of Odilon Redon’s 11 lithographic portfolios, this series relates to the Book of Revelation from the Christian Bible. The subject had been explored throughout art history, allowing the artist to align himself with past masters, such as Albrecht Dürer. Although Redon often vaguely referenced texts, these prints directly illustrate 12 individual passages, including one about a woman clothed with the sun and another focused on a great star falling from heaven. By the time he created this portfolio, Redon’s reputation was well established. The project was published by art dealer Ambroise Vollard, who began to sell and promote Redon’s work about a year earlier, building a market for his prints in Paris and abroad.

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  • Title: A Woman Clothed with the Sun
  • Creator: Odilon Redon (French, 1840–1916)
  • Date Created: 1899
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 23 x 28.6 cm (9 1/16 x 11 1/4 in.); Sheet: 56 x 42.4 cm (22 1/16 x 16 11/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Ralph King [1855-1926], Cleveland, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1926.140.6
  • Medium: lithograph
  • State of work: I/I
  • Inscriptions: initialed on stone at bottom center: OR; printed at lower left, below image: .....une femme revêtue du soleil
  • Fun Fact: This is one of the last works where Redon experimented with lithograph and all-black medium. In contrast, bright, dazzling colors characterize his late works.
  • Edition of Work: edition of 100
  • Department: Prints
  • Culture: France, late 19th Century
  • Credit Line: Gift of Ralph King
  • Collection: PR - Lithograph
  • Accession Number: 1926.140.6

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