Jacob Wrestling with the Angel (La Lutte de Jacob avec l'Ange)
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
Here, the artist portrays a biblical story as if it were a moment from a dream. Emphasizing the narrative’s visionary qualities, he places his two diminutive figures at the bottom of the canvas, between towering trees and bathed in an atmosphere of opalescent color. Odilon Redon was one of many artists at the end of the nineteenth century who, as he described, freed himself from “the encumbrances of naturalistic particularities” in favor of “the representation of imagined things.”
Oil on canvas
56 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. (143.5 x 62.2 cm)
Frame: 62 1/2 x 30 1/2 x 3 in. (158.8 x 77.5 x 7.6 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "Odilon Redon"
Bequest of Alexander M. Bing
Odilon Redon (French, 1840-1916). Jacob Wrestling with the Angel (La Lutte de Jacob avec l'Ange), ca. 1905-1910. Oil on canvas, 56 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. (143.5 x 62.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Alexander M. Bing, 60.31 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 60.31_SL1.jpg)
overall, 60.31_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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