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Day (Le Jour), from the series, Dreams (Songes), plate VI

Series/Portfolio:
Dreams (Songes), pl. VI
Artist:
Odilon Redon (French, Bordeaux 1840–1916 Paris)
Date:
1891
Medium:
Lithograph (only state), on chine collé
Dimensions:
image: 8 1/4 x 6 1/8 in. (21 x 15.6 cm) sheet: 17 5/8 x 12 7/16 in. (44.8 x 31.6 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.30.6
Not on view
As a shy and lonely boy in his uncle's remote old house, Redon discovered that books, pictures, and music opened windows onto marvelous vistas. From his childhood on, he maintained an attachment to a world of fantasy and dreams that he often pictured in charcoal drawings and lithographs he called noirs, for both their essential substance and resonance were black. "One must respect black," he wrote. "Nothing prostitutes it. It does not please the eye and it awakens no sensuality. It is the agent of the mind far more than the most beautiful color to the palette or prism."
Inscription: Upper center: "pl.VI"
Lower center: "LE JOUR"

Marking: Lower right stamped in black with the mark of N.-A. Hazard (Lugt 1975)
Nicolas-Auguste Hazard; Vendor: E. Weyhe (New York, NY)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," December 4, 1992–April 5, 2013.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," November 19, 2013–February 10, 2014.

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