1900 / Oil on canvas / 26 3/4”x29” / Musée d’Orsay, Paris
c.1900 / Pastel and graphite on light brown laid paper / 20 5/8”“x24”
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
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[Odilon Redon’s] first portrait commission resulted in two portraits of Baroness Cécile de Domecy, the wife of Baron Robert de Domecy, one of his most prominent patrons. The first of the two, never exhibited in Redon’s lifetime, is now in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay and was completed in 1900; it was acquired in 1994 and had been entirely unknown up to that time. The second, which entered the Getty Center’s collection in 2005, had been exhibited in 1903 but was then unseen for the next 80-plus years; its exact date of completion is unknown. Redon created these works in tandem with his first large decorative commission, a set of fifteen panels for the Domecy’s dining room.
Quote from “Interiors: Odilon Redon’s Portraits of the Baroness de Domecy”
Caty Telfair, University of California, Berkeley
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