Cain and AbelArtist(s)Odilon RedonObject Creation Date1886Medium & Supportetching and drypoint on paperDimensions
7 5/16 in. x 4 3/4 in. ( 18.6 cm x 12.1 cm )Credit LineMuseum PurchaseLabel copy
In the Old Testament Cain and Abel were the two sons of Adam and Eve. The elder Cain tilled the soil, and Abel raised sheep. When the brothers made offerings, God accepted Abel's gift from his flock but rejected Cain's offering from the field. After the Lord reprimanded Cain, he killed his brother in frustration. Redon capitalized on the opportunity to present male figures in violent action. Cain's swinging cloak powerfully conveys the vehemence of his gesture.Primary Object Classification Print Primary Object Typeintaglio printCollection AreaWesternRights
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