Odilon Redon (French, 1840-1916)
Brunnhilde (Crépuscule des dieux), 1894, projected edition of 80, printed by Mourocq, Paris (Mellerio, 130). Dedicated and signed "à Armand Parent Odilon Redon" in pencil l.c., identified in text on supporting sheet, collector's stamp from Henri Marie Petiet (Lugt, 5031) to verso. Lithograph on chine appliqué, image/chine size 14 7/8 x 11 3/4 in. (37.5 x 29.8 cm), framed.
Condition: Pale foxing to supporting sheet and its verso, pencil annotations to lower margin and verso of support, crease to both lower corners of supporting sheet.
Provenance: Ex-collection of Henri Marie Petiet (1894-1980), Paris, a well-known print and drawing dealer (per stamp on verso), possibly through the collection of Armand Parent.
N.B. Although the edition was intended to be 80 it is commonly thought that the actual number of impressions pulled was less.
Armand Parent (1863-1934) was an accomplished music professor and violinist. He was also a member of Redon's intellectual circle and a close personal friend -- Redon even drew a portrait of Parent. It is fitting that Redon should dedicate this particular print to Parent, as Brunnhilde is one of the main characters from Richard Wagner's famous Ring cycle.
The supporting sheet is a heavy wove paper and measures 25 x 17 in. The foxing is very pale. There are old hinges plus more recent white cloth tape hinges along upper edge, all the verso.
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