Odilon Redon: Ophelia Among the Flowers (1905-1908)

Odilon Redon, ‘Ophelia Among the Flowers’ (1905-1908), pastel on paper, The National Gallery UK, Image Source: wikimedia

“The painting illustrates a particular moment in the play, in which Ophelia finds her way to the brook, where she meets her end amongst the flowers that she has gathered. This moment, though frequently figured as a descent into madness, can also be interpreted as an escape from the patriarchal dominance that has moulded her into the person that she eventually becomes. In the final moments of Ophelia’s life, as represented in the painting, it can be said that she is finally at one with not only nature, but with herself. In death, she finds that what she has been searching for, she finds herself. Reflected beautifully by the imaginative form of the art, the density of the painting can be viewed as a portal into the demise of this tragic heroine, as she finally overcomes the conflict that has hindered her existence, a victory to be found only in death.”

Gillian Murtagh in The London Magazine

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