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Odilon Redon, Some Portraits

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Baroness Robert de Domecy, 1900. Her husband was a friend and patron of Redon, who painted some panels for his chateau in Burgundy. I like this picture the best of all Redon's portraits, for the refinement in the portrayal of the features and sense of inwardness. He painted one or two other portraits of her, including this, which |I don't like as much:
http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=257416


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Mme Arthur Fontaine, 1901. Her husband was an industrialist and notable patron of the arts, there is a (not particularly attractive) portrait of him by Vuillard, link at the bottom of this article on him:
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Fontaine
His correspondence with the poet Francis Jammes was published in the 50s.
This very fine pastel was painted while the Fontaines were visiting Redon and his wife at the sea-side town of St. Georges-de-Didonne on the southwest coast of France in September 1901.

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Camille Convalescente, 1911. The painter's wife while she was recovering from an illness (hence the rather strange character of this portrayal of her).

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The Yellow Shawl, a portrait of Camille Redon from 1899.

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The Marquise de Gonet, 1907. The Marquis had a chateau near Carcassonne, which is now owned by the municipality:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPqoMRsgNB4
This painting was included among a collection of paintings belonging to the family which was sold at Christies in 1997; it apparently included 10 'important' Redons (as auctioneers like to express it), so it looks as if the Marquis may have been another of Redon's aristocratic patrons.

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Jeanne Chaine, 1903

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Simone Fayet, 1907; he also painted a portrait of her in her First Communion dress in the following year:
http://www.wikipaintings.org/pt/odilon-redon/portrait-of-simone-fayet-in-holy-communion-1908
Her father Gustave Fayet was the owner of the Abbaye de Fontfroide, near Narbonne, for which Redon pianted decorative works, more here: http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collections/around-redon.html
Fayet was himself a painter, and he had a fine collection of paintings, including many works by Gauguin.

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Yselt Favet, 1908; rather in the style of his lovely portrait of Violet Heymann from the same year (unfortunately I can't find a decent scan of it):
http://petrusplancius.livejournal.com/2940.html

This portrait too is very fine I think:
http://petrusplancius.livejournal.com/223152.html
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