Odilon Redon: Simone Fayet en communiante (1908)

ODILON REDON (1840-1916), Simone Fayet en communiante, signé et daté ‘1908 ODILON REDON’ (en bas à droite) pastel sur papier, 75 x 45 cm. (29½ x 17¾ in.), Exécuté en 1908, Image Source: Christie’s

“…Simone Fayet, Gustave Fayet’s daughter, is represented taking her first communion in front of a backdrop of stained glass. Like the portrait which Redon had painted of her two years earlier, Simone Fayet avec sa poupe, the young girl’s expression is serious and thoughtful...The composition of the work is unusual. Simone, seen in profile, occupies only the first third of the composition, the rest being devoted to scenery...the stained glass occupying half of the work is directly inspired by the stained glass at Chartres, for it was during a visit to the cathedral there with Fayet in June 1908 that the artist was commissioned to paint the portrait of his daughter. The figure swathed in yellow in an aureola and flanked by two servants can be found in the Assumption of the Virgin in Bay VII of the cathedral, along with the figure of Christ in the centre, which is taken from the great west rose window. Finally, the prominence given to Chartres Blue gives this painting a very special, even mystical, atmosphere. “I am finishing the (communion) portrait of Simone Fayet. I saw Chartres when I was beginning it. I have put a sort of stained glass in the background. That’s something new. What a pity not to be able to show it to a wider public that simply a personal exhibition.” (letter from Odilon Redon to Andr Bonger dated 4th July, 1908 in Lettres indites d’Odilon Redon Bonger, Jourdain, Vines, Paris, 1987, p. 158).


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9 Comments Add yours

  1. gabychops says:

    Thank you, Sunny, for the introduction to the works of Odilon Redon. My favorite was his paintings of flowers, colorful
    and elegant.


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    1. What Redon manages to accomplish with pastels amazes me! I love his flowers, too, Joanna. 🙂🌺


  2. It is quite a beautiful and thoughtful painting. I love it. 🙂 Thank you!

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    1. My pleasure, always, Sheila! Thanks for sharing your thoughts this morning. 🙂

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  3. Dee says:

    My first thought was that I wished Redon had not blurred the stained glass portion of this painting. I wonder if he thought that would have taken the focus away from the communicant. But my eyes went to the window before shifting to the girl, anyway. By positioning her as he did, my focus was not immediately directed to her.

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    1. My eyes go to the color and pattern of the stained glass first, too. An interesting choice – I wonder if Redon wanted us to study the glass as she seems to be doing? Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Dee. 🙂🌺


  4. penwithlit says:

    Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    Lovely painting!!

    Liked by 1 person

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