Violette Heymann (1910)

Redon, Odilon (1840-1916)

Violette Heymann
Pastel on gray wove paper, 72 x 92 cm
Cleveland Museum of ArtCleveland

Although he was known early in his career for works primarily in black and white, such as charcoal drawings and lithographs, Odilon Redon turned to more colorful media, including pastel, later on. In particular, he focused on commissioned pastel portraits of women with flowers, such as this one. Here, the young niece of the Parisian collector Marcel Kapferer appears alongside colorful blossoms as she looks forward, focused as if in the dreamlike state evoked by her surroundings. (CMA)