Odilon Redon, Sainte Jeanne d’Arc

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Odilon Redon, Sainte Jeanne d’Arc
Odilon Redon, Sainte Jeanne d’Arc
Room 2. Van Gogh, Gauguin, Medardo Rosso

Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Redon began to devote himself repeatedly to drawings depicting small heads; usually favouring medium or small sheets of paper, he executed pencil or pastel studies of the faces of young women, almost always in three-quarter view or in profile.
The magnificent pastel work St. Joan of Arc is an example of the attention that the artist paid to a subject that is only seemingly repetitive. In reality he lingers with curiosity on faces that prove to be different every time. He shades the delicate features of an anonymous young girl, traces the profile of Beatrice, defines the faces of Ophelia, Parsifal or Christ as if they were portraits, and brings colour to the cheeks of Joan of Arc, breathing life into a gallery of apparitions suggested by his imagination, from the family environment, or drawn from mythology.