The J. Paul Getty Museum

Head within an Aureole

Object Details

Title:

Head within an Aureole

Artist/Maker:

Odilon Redon (French, 1840 - 1916)

Culture:

French

Place:

France (Place Created)

Date:

about 1894–1895

Medium:

Charcoal and pastel on brown paper

Object Number:

2016.10

Dimensions:

52 × 36 cm (20 1/2 × 14 3/16 in.)

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Object Description

A large nimbus floats in a glowing cosmic space. Its black circular center is a male head, partly shadowed and with eyes closed, sunk in deep dreaming sleep. The nimbus is rendered in delicate strokes of powdery charcoal over which Redon has added dots of cobalt blue pastel.

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Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th Century French Drawings and Prints (February 9 to May 15, 2016)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 9 to May 15, 2016