Christ and the Samaritan Woman (The White Flower Bouquet), Odilon Redon
Odilon Redon
Christ and the Samaritan Woman (The White Flower Bouquet)
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Odilon Redon

Christ and the Samaritan Woman (The White Flower Bouquet), ca. 1895


Dimensions
64.8 x 50.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 1198
Acquisition
Acquired in 1960
Status
On display

Texts

About the Work

There's no well in sight as far as the eye can see. Redon has transformed the place where, according to the Bible story, Christ met the Samaritan woman into a space full of colour. Both figures have turned towards a gleaming white bouquet of flowers: is the water of eternal life which Jesus describes to the woman a sign of spiritual enlightenment? The viewer senses the dreamlike event rather than comprehend it. After a "black" phase lasting until the early 1890s and during which Redon devoted himself exclusively to graphical works, the internalised, often mystic pictorial worlds of the Symbolist artist demonstrate an intense and seemingly weightless colourfulness.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Christ and the Samaritan Woman (The White Flower Bouquet)
Painter (male)
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links: ODILON REDON

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1960

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Bibel, Neues Testament, Johannes 4,5-26

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11D Christ
  • 73C7221 the woman of Samaria (John 4:4-42)
Secondary
  • 25G411 cut flowers; nosegay, bunch of flowers
  • 22C4(WHITE) colours, pigments, and paints: white
  • 22C4(RED) colours, pigments, and paints: red

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11.06.2019