Vierge nimbée, 1898
Odilon Redon (1840-1916)
A vague form with a halo stands on a boat with golden cables against a phosphorescent blue background. The dark figure has sometimes been interpreted as the Virgin Mary, ‘Star of the Sea’, patron saint of sailors. Odilon Redon, however, left no evidence to support this interpretation. He stated that he consciously created a mysterious atmosphere in his work ‘through the double and triple meanings of images in images and forms that are coming into being, according to the viewer’s spiritual makeup’.
*Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, purchased with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Vincent van Gogh Foundation.