Saint-Antoine: Au secours, mon Dieu!
(Saint Anthony: Help me, O my God!)
Plate 2 of 24
Anthony is depicted contemplating temptation and the order and unity of the universe. The source of the light before him is unclear. It may symbolise the light of the universe, as in Antoine: Quel est le but?, but it may also represent the clarity and harmony achieved through contemplation. Redon had previously drawn the heads of figures and Sphinxes emerging from rock faces, and the profile of Saint Anthony has something of the steady gaze of the Sphinx. What distinguishes it is the fine line of the profile, which forms the axis of the composition, as is also the case with the Profil de Lumière.