(Helena - Ennoia)
Plate 10 of 24
Another experiment in the variety of images Redon could produce, this print is a fraction of the size of the others, yet was printed in the album on the same sized paper. The image is deceptive in its apparent simplicity. Simon Magus, a sorcerer who converted to Christianity and committed various heresies, developed a doctrine in which Ennoia was the embodiment of God's first thought. She created the angels who then imprisoned her on earth. Appearing in many forms, Simon recognised her in the slave prostitute Helena of Tyre, who became his constant companion. Her pose is similar to Redon's depiction of other captive and alluring women, such as the woman being flogged in Saint-Antoine ... à travers ses longs cheveux.