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The Crucifixion

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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This crucifixion scene is based on a painting of about 1526 by the German artist Matthias Grünewald. Redon preserves Grunewald’s central focus, with the weight of Christ’s body bending the cross. However, the grieving figures of the Virgin Mary and Saint John recede into a shadowy realm, and the artist tones down Grünewald’s bloody realism. Instead, Christ’s physical suffering and the mental anguish of the witnesses are evoked by colour. As a leading Symbolist artist, Redon developed his own personal visual language to conjure up meanings.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham

Title

The Crucifixion

Date

1904

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 46 x W 27 cm

Accession number

81.1

Acquisition method

purchased, 1981

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

Signed: ODILON REDON

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