The Cyclops (c. 1914) by Odilon Redon

The Cyclops - Odilon Redon - c.1898 - c.1900

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TitleThe Cyclops
ArtistOdilon Redon
Datec.1898 - c.1900
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions51 x 64 cm
Art MovementSymbolism
Current LocationKröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands

About The Cyclops

The artwork entitled “The Cyclops” is a creation of Odilon Redon, a renowned artist associated with the Symbolist movement. This particular piece was executed between the years of approximately 1898 and 1900, employing oil on canvas as the medium. The artwork measures 51 by 64 centimeters and falls within the mythological painting genre, which is a typical subject matter for the Symbolist movement. The painting is currently housed in the Kröller-Müller Museum located in Otterlo, Netherlands.

“The Cyclops” is steeped in the explorative and visionary aesthetic characteristic of Redon’s oeuvre. The canvas is dominated by a mystical landscape, a frequent leitmotif in Symbolist art, hinting at the transcendent nature of the subject. At the center of the artwork, a single large eye within the brow of a Cyclops peeks out from atop a rugged mountainous terrain, suggesting the giant’s massive scale and offering a window into a realm beyond the ordinary. Below this primeval watcher, the figure of a sleeping woman is nestled among the flora, rendered with soft, dreamlike strokes that contrast with the textured brushwork of her surroundings. The juxtaposition of the immense Cyclops and the delicate human form invokes themes of the powerful versus the fragile, the monstrous versus the serene.

The ethereal quality of the painting is enhanced by Redon’s use of color. Muted tones blend with vibrant accents to create a harmonious yet enigmatic atmosphere that encapsulates the otherworldly and the symbolic significance central to the Symbolism art movement. This interconnected play of color and form beckons the viewer to delve into the psychological and philosophical depths of human existence, which Redon and his contemporaries sought to express.

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