The Golden Cell (1892) by Odilon Redon

The Golden Cell - Redon, Odilon - 1892 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleThe Golden Cell
ArtistOdilon Redon
MediumOil and gold metallic paint on paper prepared with white ground
Dimensions30.1 x 24.7 cm
Art MovementSymbolism
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK
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About The Golden Cell

Odilon Redon’s “La Cellule d’Or (The Golden Cell)” is a striking painting featuring a nude woman surrounded by flowers, akin to Eve in the Garden of Eden. Created in 1892, it is an exemplary work of symbolism and imagination, two traits Redon was renowned for. Using oil and colored chalks with gold on paper, the painting measures 11 7/8 x 9 11/16 inches and is currently held at the British Museum in London.

Redon’s unique style can be seen with his use of muted colors contrasting against bold tones, thereby evoking a dream-like quality to his artwork. The use of gold adds further emphasis to this tone while also elevating the overall feel of the painting by adding an extra layer of luxury to it.

“La Cellule d’Or” is widely regarded as one of Redon’s most popular works and bears similarities to other paintings he created during that time period. This piece was part of a comprehensive exhibit called “Beyond The Visible” at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art in 2005, showcasing many other pieces made by him throughout his career.

Overall, “La Cellule d’Or” remains an important work because it serves as a great representation not only for Odilon Redon himself but also for the Symbolist movement that he became known for pioneering. His contribution towards representing dreams and imagination through art influenced later movements like Surrealism and remains relevant today due to its continued impact on modern artists.

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