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Mes baisers ont le gout d'un fruit qui se fondrait dans ton cœur! ... Tu me dédaignes! Adieu!
(My kisses have the taste of fruit which would melt in your heart! ... You distain me! Farewell!)

Plate 4 of 24

Redon depicts the Queen of Sheba with little suggestion of the lavish exoticism described by Flaubert. Subtle tonal gradations and fine lines create a delicate and sensual profile, in a manner influenced by Redon's study of the Old Masters in the Louvre, particularly Leonardo da Vinci. Redon wrote of Leonardo that he created 'suggestive art' through 'mysterious plays of shadows and rhythms of lines conceived mentally.'

P.317-1949

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