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Artist Odilon Redon (French, 1840–1916)
Title Beatrice (Béatrice)
Series Album of Original Prints from the Vollard Gallery, no. 2
Date 1897
Medium Color lithograph on paper with chine collé
Dimensions Image: 13 1/4 × 11 11/16 in. (33.7 × 29.7 cm)
Sheet: 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm)
Mount: 19 5/8 × 15 9/16 in. (49.8 × 39.5 cm)
Credit Line Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 73.27.1

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This work was one of Odilon Redon’s first color prints. His experience in oil and pastel established him as a leading colorist, giving him the confidence to create a print without any lines. Not only does this technique create a luminous, poetic image, but it also perfectly reflected its subject. Beatrice Portinari (1266–1290) was the real woman who inspired Dante’s Vita Nuovo. She also appears as his guide in the Divine Comedy, Paradise, and Purgatory. For the Symbolists, she embodied pure beatific/virginal love and heavenly vision.

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

Publisher Ambroise Vollard (French, 1867–1939)
Printer Auguste Clot (French, 1858–1936)
Foreign Language Series Title L'Album d'estampes originales de la Galerie Vollard, 1897, no. 2
Series Title Album of Original Prints from the Vollard Gallery, no. 2

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