L'Ange perdu ouvrit alors des ailes noires
(The lost angel then opened its black wings)
Plate 3 of 6
The lost or fallen angel was a well-known Baudelairean motif at the time, and the subject of several early works by Redon. This lithograph is an almost exact repetition of a charcoal dating from the 1870s. In the drawing the angel is shackled and looks with hopeful eyes at the sun. Here, the light is dimmer and the black wings are fuller, darker and heavy. The angel's gently melancholic expression suggests an acceptation of his damned state as he gazes regretfully at a distant sun.