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The Cyclops

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

The Cyclops is a Symbolist, Oil on Paper Painting created by Odilon Redon in 1914. It lives at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Netherlands. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Greek and Roman Mythology, and The Nude in Art.

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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