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Jacob Wrestling with the Angel (La Lutte de Jacob avec l'Ange)

Odilon Redon

European Art

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.”
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Europe
  • DATES ca. 1905–1910
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "Odilon Redon"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Alexander M. Bing
    PROVENANCE Prior provenance not yet documented; before 1940, probably acquired by Jos Hessel of Paris, France; before 1959, reportedly acquired by Marcel Kapferer of Paris; before 1959, acquired by Alexander M. Bing of New York, NY; March 9, 1960 bequeathed by Alexander M. Bing to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CAPTION 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)
    IMAGE overall, 60.31_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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