Et il distingue une plaine aride et mamelonneuse
(And he discerns an arid, knoll-covered plain)
Plate 7 of 24
After leaving the blackness of his prison (as depicted in the previous plate), Saint Anthony opens his eyes and 'the darkness brightens' to reveal the landscape in full light.
This distinct and finely drawn landscape is strongly reminiscent of Redon's early etchings begun under the tutelage of the etcher, engraver and lithographer, Rodolphe Bresdin, whom he met in 1865 in his studio in rural Bordeaux. It was Bresdin who encouraged Redon to explore and master the medium of etching and revealed to him the imaginations of Dürer and Rembrandt through their engravings and etchings.