Immédiatement surgissent trois déesses
(Immediately three goddesses arise)
Plate 11 of 24
Redon depicts the Hindu goddess Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Durga. Saraswati is the goddess of learning and knowledge She appears on the left, holding a pot. Next is Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity and light. On the right, holding a bow aloft, is Durga, the Divine Mother and destroyer of evil. Redon has created a print which looks like an elegant pen-and-ink drawing and was perhaps influenced by Flaubert's description of the scene as developing 'like a lofty frieze.' The broken outlines of the bodies reflect the transitory state of the goddesses, which, in Flaubert's text, immediately join with the three gods of the Hindu Trinity (their companions Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma), transform, and multiply.