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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.79
People
Odilon Redon, French (Bordeaux, France 1840 - 1916 Paris, France)
Alfred Sisley, British (Paris 1839 - 1899 Moret-sur-Loing)
Title
"I saw a large and pale sudden glow" (by Odilon Redon); verso: Bords de Rivière, ou Les Oies (by Alfred Sisley)
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Je vis une lueur large et pale
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
1896-1897
Culture
French
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/237131
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Lithograph on off white wove paper
Technique
Lithograph
Dimensions
sheet: 32.8 x 21.3 cm (12 15/16 x 8 3/8 in.)
image: 42.6 x 28.5 cm (16 3/4 x 11 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso: lower right in pencil: Sisley
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Edition
printer's proof
Standard Reference Number
Mellerio 162, Delteil 6
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Marjorie B. and Martin Cohn in memory of Vojtech Jirat-Wasiutynski
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.79
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This is a printer's proof from the shop of Auguste Clot. Printed in black lithographic ink on white chine applique, mounted down on white wove paper. The reverse of this paper is printed with blue lithographic ink with an impression of the blue stone for the lithograph by Alfred Sisley's "Bords de Rivière," or "Les Oies" (Del. 6).
Commentary
This print, from an album of six lithographs called The Haunted House and published by Auguste Clot, is a working proof with a Sisley lithograph on the verso. The album of prints is based on the occultist Rene Philipon's translation of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's story The Haunted and the Haunters. Philipon was a friend and patron of Redon's and financed the production of the album. "I Saw a Large and Pale Light" documents a supposed apparition in a haunted house, the specter created by burnishing away some of the crayon tusche on the lithographic stone.
Exhibition History

Ancient to Modern, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2012 - 06/01/2013

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