Artwork of the Week: September 6

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Odilon Redon (French, 1840–1916), The Temptation of Saint Anthony (La tentation de Saint Antoine), book with wood-engravings, plus suite of lithographs, published 1938; prints designed 1896 and 1910. Text by Gustave Flaubert (French, 1821–1880). Book: 17 13/16 x 13 9/16 x 2 1/2 in.; page (untrimmed): Gallery 6

Odilon Redon (French, 1840–1916), The Temptation of Saint Anthony (La tentation de Saint Antoine), book with wood-engravings, plus suite of lithographs, published 1938; prints designed 1896 and 1910. Text by Gustave Flaubert (French, 1821–1880). Book: 17 13/16 x 13 9/16 x 2 1/2 in.; page (untrimmed). Gallery 6

Odilon Redon found himself drawn to Gustave Flaubert’s classic The Temptation of Saint Anthony in 1882 because the peculiar imagery of the book was not unlike his own surreal imagination. Here we see an example of the creatures that tempted Saint Anthony away from his holy calling during a hallucination. One of more than 1,400 books given to the Museum by Molly and Walter Bareiss, this work—part of a portfolio belonging to a luxury illustrated edition of Flaubert’s book—can be seen in Gallery 6 for a limited time.


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