In 1900, Redon was 60 years old. The painter and engraver had spent much of his live working on small canvasses and paper, but a new commission by the Baron Robert de Domecy called him to scale up his work. Redon would complete 15 panels for Domecy's château in Yonne. In a letter to his friend Albert Bonger he described the work:
"I am covering the walls of a dining room with flowers, flowers of dreams, fauna of the imagination; all in large panels, treated with a bit of everything, distemper, "aoline", oil, even with pastel which is giving good results at the moment, a giant pastel."