The Cyclops (Redon)

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The Cyclops
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ArtistOdilon Redon

The Cyclops is a painting by Odilon Redon depicting the myth of the love of the cyclops Polyphemus for the naiad Galatea who is shown lying naked . It appears Polyphemus has hidden himself from the nymph, behind the rocky terrain, too shy to directly confront her "helpless" form.[1] The Cyclops seems to love his victim, gingerly guarding her while simultaneously keeping her selfishly to himself.[2]

The painting is exhibited at the Kröller-Müller Museum in the Netherlands.


  1. ^ Druick, Odilon Redon: Prince of Dreams, 345-346.
  2. ^ Kleiner and Mamiya, Art Through the Ages, 888-889.


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