The Golden Cell (1892) by Odilon Redon

The Golden Cell - Odilon Redon - 1892

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

About The Golden Cell

The artwork titled “The Golden Cell” is a creation by artist Odilon Redon dating back to 1892. This piece employs oil and gold metallic paint on paper that has been prepared with a white ground, and it measures 30.1 x 24.7 cm. Redon’s work is associated with the Symbolism art movement and is classified as a portrait. Presently, it is housed within the esteemed British Museum located in London, United Kingdom.

“The Golden Cell” by Odilon Redon presents a profound and mystic visual experience. The portrait showcases a profile view of a figure enshrouded in vibrant blue, standing out against a textured golden backdrop. The use of gold metallic paint adds a shimmering quality to the composition, evoking a sense of sacredness or otherworldliness. Redon’s symbolic approach is evident as the artwork seems to communicate deeper meanings beyond the immediate visual impression, inviting contemplation about spirituality, consciousness, or the nature of being. The use of color is bold and unconventional, with the blue creating a stark contrast that draws the eye to the gentle yet enigmatic form of the profile. The application of paint creates a rich tapestry of texture that contributes to the overall dreamlike and evocative atmosphere characteristic of Symbolist art.

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