Odilon Redon

Exotic Flowers

c. 1914

– Van Wisselingh label, n. 725x

– James Bourlet & Son packers

– “Redon 34, Fleurs exotiques”

– “n.44/ O.Redon / Fleurs exotiques / ASSS”

– “13349 / Redon Fleurs exotiques”

– “Exposition retrospective. Galerie Barbaznages 18 mai–15 juin, 1920, n.110. “Fleurs exotiques” proprietaire M. Hessel”

– “Joseph Hessel, Paris”

– “Expos. O. Redon, 1923, Galerie Druet, n. 86.”

by 1920/05 –
Joseph Hessel, Paris, France [1]

1923/06 –
Galerie Druet, Paris (?)[2]

– 1951
J. N. H. Eisenloeffel (1881–1974), Amsterdam, The Netherlands [3]

– 1951/02/15
E. J. Van Wisselingh & Co., Amsterdam, purchased from J. N. H. Eisenloeffel [4]

1951/02/15 –
National Gallery of Canada, purchased from Van Wisselingh & Co. [5]

The main source for this provenance is Alec Wildenstein's catalogue raisonné, cat. no. 1340 [Alec Wildenstein. “Odilon Redon: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint et dessiné.” vol. III, “Fleurs et paysages.” Paris: Wildenstein Institute, 1996]

[1] According to two labels on the back (see above) the painting belonged to Joseph Hessel by 1920. Jos. Hessel was a Belgian collector and dealer of French Modern Art in Paris.

[2] According to another label on the verso, the pastel was was included in an exhibition at the Galerie Druet, Paris, in June 1923 [Exposition d'oeuvres de Odilon Redon (1840–1916): peintures, pastels, aquarelles, dessins, lithographies, eaux-fortes, art décoratif" Galerie E. Druet, Paris, June 11-30, 1923, lot. no. 86] It is not clear, if the painting was owned by the gallery or on loan.

[3] The stock book of the Dutch art dealer E.J. van Wisslingh & Co. records that Dutch art dealer Nico Eisenloeffels owned Exotic Flowers until 1951 [Van Wisselingh Archive, stock number 7196, Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Dokumentatie, The Hague, The Netherlands]. Consequently the pastel was still in Eisenloeffels possession when Van Wisselingh included it in a Montreal exhibition in 1950 [“French Paintings of the XIXth and XXth Centuries.” (Coll. of Mr. P. Eilers of E.J. Wisselingh & Co., Amsterdam), Watsons Art Galleries, Montreal, cat. no. 19].

[4] See note [3].

[5] Accession Log [NGC curatorial file]

Exotic Flowers
c. 1914
pastel on wove paper
62.6 x 49.2 cm
Credit line
Purchased 1951
Accession number