Jésu Corona Sanctorum Omnium, Jésu Sapientia Aeterna, plate 7 from Le Cantique des Créatures
49.6 cm x 64.6 cm (19 1/2 in. x 25 7/16 in.)
(Paris, 1865 - 1898, Paris)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1996
In 1892 Charles-Marie Dulac converted to Catholicism and joined the Third Order of Saint Francis, a religious order conceived to accommodate members who were married From then on he focused on color lithographed landscapes as a medium to express his faith.
In 1894 Dulac created a series of nine lithographs entitled Canticle of Creatures as a visual companion to Canticle of the Sun, a religious song composed by Saint Francis in 1224. The inscription on this lithograph reads: “Jesus crown of all holiness. Jesus, eternal wisdom.” Considered a symbolist, Dulac sought to be an intermediary between emotion and expression and to create, through his imagery, a bridge between the real and the ideal.