Beatrice (1885) by Odilon Redon

Beatrice - Odilon Redon - 1885

Artwork Information

ArtistOdilon Redon
MediumPastel on Paper
Dimensions34.5 x 30 cm
Art MovementSymbolism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Beatrice

The artwork titled “Beatrice” was created by the artist Odilon Redon in 1885. It is a pastel on paper that exemplifies the Symbolism art movement. The dimensions of this portrait are 34.5 x 30 cm, and it is currently held in a private collection.

“Beatrice” showcases a delicate portrait of a woman, possibly inspired by Beatrice Portinari, who is famed for being Dante Alighieri’s ideal woman and muse. The artist has employed a dreamlike quality that is typical of the Symbolist movement, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy to evoke a sense of mystique and emotion. The artwork is characterized by a gentle use of color and light, creating an ethereal representation. The subject’s head is slightly bowed, and her profile is softly illuminated against a variegated blue sky scattered with wisps of pink clouds. Gold tones imbue the artwork with a warm vibrancy, particularly in the subject’s garment and the adornments in her hair, which impart a regal or divine aura. The composition, suffused with a subtle blend of colors and the thoughtful use of light and shadow, evokes a contemplative mood and draws the viewer into a reflective state, true to the Symbolist intent of conveying deeper meanings beyond the visual.

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