The Art Of Odilon Redon
Odilon Redon [Bio
1840-1916] was an extraordinarily gifted and creative French Symbolist
painter and printmaker. His early prints were darker in nature, but
his later artwork exploded with beautiful colors like a butterfly from his
earlier gloomy cocoon. In short, I think Redon's oil and pastel paintings
are simply magnificent.
The Cyclops (1914)
According to the
"French Symbolist painter,
lithographer, and etcher of considerable poetic sensitivity and imagination,
whose work developed along two divergent lines. His prints explore haunted,
fantastic, often macabre themes and foreshadowed the Surrealist and Dadaist
movements. His oils and pastels, chiefly still lifes with flowers, won him
the admiration of Henri Matisse and other painters as an important colourist."
Commons has the most accessible archive of Roden's work.
Art: Odilon Redon has the largest collection of Roden's work.
Odilon Redon Web Site has some
great images, but a lot of the links to other sites are malformed and you
need to manually edit the URL, e.g., http://www.chez.com/odilon/odilon/jd.html
MoMA has a substantial
collection of Roden's work and this special
20Six Web Site has multiple
pages of Redon's work, Bert C
has a small set, but I couldn't get a response
The Athenaeum web server, which I'll try later.
Prints and Lithographs:
Here are three representative examples
of his early work, and you can see why he was popular with the Surrealists.
He also published several great print albums:
In The Dream
(1879), To Edgar
Allen Poe (1882),
Hommage To Goya
(1885), The Night
(1886) and the
Apocalypse of St. Jean (1889).
|Guardian Spirit of
the Waters (1878)
||The Crying Spider
Pastels And Oils:
Here are what I consider his best color artwork available on the Internet. Please click on the
get the full sized image.
||Village Breton (1890)
||Golden Cell (1892)
||Jeanne Chaire (1903)
The Buddha (1905)
Red Boat With Blue
Two Young Girls Among Flowers (1908)
Violette Heymann (1910)