Arts Everyday Living: Redon—A New Interpretation

Click on Sita to enhance the work of art.


“A title is justified only when it is vague, indeterminate and when it aims even confusedly at the equivocal. MY WORKS INSPIRE AND DO NOT OFFER EXPLANATIONS. They resolve nothing. They place us, just as music does, in the ambiguous world of the indeterminate.”* Odilon Redon



Odilon Redon, Sita, c. 1893, pastel over charcoals on paper, The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois


*Note:  The above pastel Sita was called Evocation until only recently.  Researchers at the Art Institute of Chicago, based on Redon’s own writings, have determined that the woman in profile is Sita, the wife of Rama, the hero of the Indian epic poem Ramayana.  To learn more, click on,

Examination: Redon’s Sita at The Art Institute of Chicago

*Quote of Redon (1840-1916) is from Odilon Redon by Carolyn Keay and Thomas Walters, Rizzoli, New York, 1977.

If you missed our other blog on Redon,

Redon: Fast Facts

The above image is used solely for educational purposes.


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