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Image: Flowers fall and the head of a python appears (Des fleurs tombent, et la tête d’un python parait)

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Flowers fall and the head of a python appears (Des fleurs tombent, et la tête d’un python parait)

1896 (printed 1933)
19th/20th century
430 x 330 mm (16.9 x 13 in.)

Odilon Redon, French, (1840–1916)

Object Type: print
Medium and Support: Lithograph on thin grey wove chine collé on Arches paper
Print impression quality: Fair to very good
Series: from set of 22 lithographs The Temptation of Saint Anthony (La Tentation de Saint Antoine)
Edition: Number 166 from the edition of 210 plus 10 copies "hors commerce," printed by Auguste Clot, published Paris: Editions Ambroise Vollard (1933). 206 pages text on unbound double sheets in portfolio; imprint date on front cover is 1938, but Vollard issued only exhibition copies, and the book was never formally published (Johnson). The lithographs (and text pages?) were printed in 1933. 22 lithographs on single sheets in separate folder (see individual records); 15 wood engravings after drawings by Redon, in text by Georges Aubert; 22 wood engravings on 3 double sheets in separate folder as an index to the lithographs. The DAC’s lithographs represent 22 of the original 24 “third series" "Tentation" illustrations printed by Clot and Blanchard in 1896. Plates 1 and 8 are not represented in the DAC set of this 1933 edition. Lithograph plate numbers correspond to DAC accession numbers and are the same as the plate numbers assigned to the original (1896) "third series" edition by standard works such as Mellerio et al.; therefore DAC accession numbers 1961.1.1 and 1961.1.8 do not exist.
Bibliography: Mellerio 138; Johnson 138; Trapp, The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Odilon Redon (Amherst, MA: Mead Art Museum, 1980); the English titles are from Werner, The Graphic Works of Odilon Redon (New York: Dover, 1969).
Credit Line: Purchase funds, 1961
Accession Number: 1961.1.5

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