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Des peuples divers habitent les pays de l'Océan
(Different peoples inhabit the countries of the Ocean)

Plate 23 of 24

In contrast to the bright clarity of the ocean in Et que des yeux sans tête, the water now appears endlessly and absolutely black. The luminosity of Redon's black creates a complex surface that is at once totally flat and infinitely deep. Most of the visible forms were created by scratching through the black ink. This ocean is full of intangible, mysterious forms both revealed and masked by Redon's use of light and dark. Redon asked: 'What have I put in my works to suggest so many subtleties? I have put in them a little door opening onto a mystery. I have made fictions. It is up to [the viewer] to go further.'


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