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Odilon Redon

The Cyclops

The Cyclops, 1914 — Odilon Redon,
65.8 cm52.7 cm

The Cyclops Polyphemus spies on the sleeping Nereid Galathea from behind a mountain. Polyphemus was a famously violent man-eating giant of Greek mythology, yet Odilon Redon has transformed him into a gentle guardian. A shy beast quietly watching the movements of humans.

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