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Odilon Redon | Apollo's Chariot, 1905-1916 | The Series

In 1878 Redon*, in a study of Delacroix*, praised that artist's ceiling in the Louvre showing the Chariot of Apollo, and in the same year he noted in his journal his admiration for a painting of Phaethon by Gustave Moreau*.
Between 1905 and 1916 Redon* devoted a number of oils, pastels and watercolors to the theme of horses of the sun, driven, according to classical mythology, by the god Apollo or his son Phaëthon.

Apollo's Chariot
Autor: Odilon Redon*
Date: 1914
Style: Symbolism
Genre: Mythological painting
Media: chalk, charcoal, paper
Dimensions: 77 x 91.5 cm
Location: Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France

The present pastel is one of the highpoints of the decorative period (1907-10) in Redon's work. The sun-god Apollo, who was nicknamed "the shining one", is not directly visible himself in the picture but is probably understood to be present in the beam of light on the right-hand edge of the picture. The reflection of this light on the horses pulling his chariot conveys its intensity.

The Chariot of Apollo
Artist: Odilon Redon*
Date: c. 1912
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 39 1/4 x 29 1/2" (99.7 x 74.9 cm)
Credit: Gift of The Ian Woodner Family Collection
Object number: 223.2000
Location: Moma - The Museum of Modern Art

The Chariot of Apollo
Artist: Odilon Redon (1840-1916)*
Date: 1905-16
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 26 x 32 in. (66 x 81.3 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Anonymous Gift, 1927
Accession Number: 27.29
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dopo aver visto il dipinto di Delacroix* che decora la Galleria di Apollo al Louvre e che raffigura la vittoria di Apollo su Pitone, il tema del carro di Apollo diventò uno dei preferiti del pittore simbolista Odilon Redon, che dedicò a questo soggetto numerosi dipinti e disegni.

Eugène Delacroix* - Apollo Slays Python

Eugène Delacroix* | Apollo Slaying Python, Preliminary Sketch, 1850 Van Gogh Museum
Eugène Delacroix* | Apollo slaying python

Eugène Delacroix* | Apollon terrassa nt le serpent Python - Palais du Louvre Galerie d'Apollon