Odilon Redon  (French, 1840-1916) 

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Odilon Redon (French, 1840–1916) was a painter and printmaker associated with the Symbolist movement and best known for his dream-like charcoal drawings, lithographs, and pastel drawings. After studying printmaking under Rodolphe Bresdin (French, 1822–1885), Redon produced a series of charcoal drawings called Noirs, which he translated into Dans le rêve, a book of lithographs published in 1979. His single lithographs and albums, published between 1979 and 1899, used gillotage, a newly developed technique that turned a lithographic plate into a relief block and contributed to the revival of the Fine Art print. Redon’s fantastical and melancholic imagery, often accompanied by titles and captions, allied his aesthetic with literary figures such as Charles Baudelaire (French, 1821–1867), Edgar Allen Poe and Stéphane Mallarmé.

In the 1890s, Redon began exploring the imagery of the Noirs in color before giving up lithography entirely after the turn of the century to focus on oil paintings and pastels. One of a series of works based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the pastel drawing Ophelia Among the Flowers (1905) depicts an ambiguous species of flower and resembles the still-lifes of the Symbolist painter Paul Gaugin. Rodin completed several commissions in decorative art, including a series of paintings for the library at Fontfroide Abbey. One of these decorations, Day (1910), is characteristic of Redon’s flower paintings, while Night (1911) juxtaposes a colorful background with black figures reminiscent of his Noirs. A key figure in the Symbolist movement, Redon was also admired by the Nabis and the next generation of Post-Impressionist artists. His work is currently held in many museum collections, including the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the National Gallery in London, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Odilon Redon, La fuite

 

Odilon Redon
La fuite
1910

Galerie Henze & Ketterer
Odilon Redon, Soucis, bleuets et roses dans un vase blanc (Marigolds, Cornflowers and Roses in a White Vase)

 

Odilon Redon
Soucis, bleuets et roses dans un vase blanc (Marigolds, Cornflowers and Roses in a White Vase)
circa 1900-1910

Daphne Alazraki Fine Art
Odilon Redon, Petit bouquet tricolore

 

Odilon Redon
Petit bouquet tricolore
1905

Le Polyptyque
Odilon Redon, L'Aile

 

Odilon Redon
L'Aile
1893

Harris Schrank Fine Prints
Odilon Redon, Dans le Rêve

 

Odilon Redon
Dans le Rêve
1879

Tixall House
Odilon Redon, Le jour enfin paraît

 

Odilon Redon
Le jour enfin paraît
1896

Harris Schrank Fine Prints
Odilon Redon, Les coquelicots

 

Odilon Redon
Les coquelicots
1905-1909

Galerie Tamenaga
Odilon Redon, La fuite

 

Odilon Redon
La fuite
1910

Galerie Henze & Ketterer & Triebold
Odilon Redon, Eve

 

Odilon Redon
Eve
Galerie Tamenaga
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Odilon Redon, Femme de Profil vers la gauche

 

Odilon Redon
Femme de Profil vers la gauche, 1900
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Odilon Redon, Fleurs dans un vase

 

Odilon Redon
Fleurs dans un vase
pastel on paper

 

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Odilon Redon, Mes baisers ont le gout d'un fruit qui se fondrait dans ton cœur! . . . Tu me dédaignes! Adieu! (from La Tentation de Saint-Antoine, Troisième série)

 

Odilon Redon
Mes baisers ont le gout d'un fruit qui se fondrait dans ton cœur! . . . Tu me dédaignes! Adieu! (from La Tentation de Saint-Antoine, Troisième série), 1896
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1840   Born April 20th in Bordeaux, France
1851   Educated in Bordeaux
1855   Studied with Stanislas Gorin
1886   Exhibited with the Impressionists
1916   Died in paris France
2005 - 2006   Oct. 30 - Jan. 23, "Beyond the Visible: The Art of Odilon Redon", Museum of Modern Art, NY
2005   May 21 - Aug. 21, "Odilon Redon : Monochrome Magic", Gemeente Museum den Haag