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The Cyclops

Odilon Redon, 1914
The Cyclops, Odilon Redon
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65.8 cmThe Cyclops scale comparison52.7 cm
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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. Download

The Cyclops Polyphemus spies on the sleeping Nereid Galatea from behind a mountain. The famously violent, man-eating giant of Greek mythology, is transformed by Redon into a shy beast quietly watching the movements of humans.

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To Myself: Notes on Life, Art and Artists, Recommended Reading

There are many books on Odilon Redon, but I always find the best books on artists are the ones they write themselves. Learn how Redon saw the world, directly from his personal journals.

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