ODILON REDON (1840-1916)
ODILON REDON (1840-1916)
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ODILON REDON (1840-1916)

La mort de Bouddha

ODILON REDON (1840-1916)
La mort de Bouddha
signed 'ODILON REDON' (lower right)
pastel on paper
20 x 15 1/8 in. (50.8 x 38.4 cm.)
Drawn circa 1899
Galerie Durand-Ruel et Cie., Paris.
Henri Matisse, Nice (acquired from the above, May 1900).
John Quinn, New York (acquired from the above, 1923).
Millicent Rogers, New York.
Peter A. Salm, New York (by descent from the above, 1953).
By descent from the above to the present owner.
A. Wildenstein, Odilon Redon: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint et dessiné, Etudes et grandes décorations, Supplément, Paris, 1998, vol. IV, p. 260, no. 2604 (illustrated; illustrated again in color, p. 261).
Paris, Galerie Barbazanges, Exposition rétrospective d'oeuvres d'Odilon Redon, May-June 1920, no. 128.
New York, Jan Krugier, Pastels from Liotard to the Present, November 1994-January 1995.
Basel, Fondation Beyeler, Odilon Redon, February-May 2014, p. 170 (illustrated in color, pp. 12-13 and 81).

Lot Essay

By the early 1890s, Redon had made an extensive reputation for his work, based mainly on his charcoal drawings (which he referred to as his "noirs"), and his lithographs, both of which found a ready market. A small group of avid collectors eagerly awaited his new work, and he allowed a select few to purchase earlier drawings.
In 1896, Redon mentioned to Andries Bonger, one of his favored clients, that he was now frequently working in pastel. Redon was not worried that his clientele would desert him now that he was drawing with color, and in fact his sales income continued to climb through the remainder of the decade, and by 1900 he was selling as many paintings and pastels as drawings and prints. In a group exhibition in March 1899 at Galerie Durand-Ruel (which also featured artists of the younger generation such as Emile Bernard, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Sérusier and Edouard Vuillard), Redon for the first time showed more pastels than works in black-and-white. All of the pastels were sold before the exhibition closed, and some collectors had even approached the artist asking to see new works as he produced them.
The subject of the present work is enigmatic, though it bears a very descriptive title: Death of the Buddha. It is one of few works by Redon which has been ascribed a specific execution date of 1899.
The present work was acquired by Henri Matisse from the Galerie Durand-Ruel in 1900, and remained in his collection until it was acquired by John Quinn in 1923. It has been in the present owner's family collection for over 70 years.

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