In speaking of the picture of Yeux Clos (Musée d'Orsay, W469) that was painted the same year (though probably after the lithograph), Roseline Bacou (Odilon Redon,
Orangerie des Tuileries, Paris, October 1956-January 1957, p. 68) has
related this pose to Redon's enthusiastic impression of Michelangelo's Dying Slave in the Louvre: in May 1888, Redon wrote of this sculpture in his diary (A Soi-Même: Journal, Paris, José Corti, 1979, p. 95):
les yeux clos de son esclave, que d'action cérébrale élevée! Il
dort, et le songe soucieux qui passe sous ce front de marbre, met le
nôtre dans un monde émouvant et pensant...
[Beneath the closed eyes of his slave, what elevated cerebral activity! He sleeps, and the troubled dream crossing this marble brow puts ours in a world of emotion and thought.]
This is in any case one of Redon's most powerful lithograph, and certainly his most moving...
* There is some question as to the relationship of this print with another version of Yeux Clos, often referred to as M. 107 bis; see the discussion in Ted Gott, The Enchanted Stone: The Graphic Worlds of Odilon Redon, 1990, pp. 86-87.
* Given its critical and popular success, there was also a second edition, with different letters.