Odilon Redon

1840-1916 France-Symbolist

 

Brief Biography-Odilon Redon is known as a unique symbolist painter who was more interested in what is within us, rather than what we see around us. He became critical of impressionists in this regard. A word that comes to one's mind when first viewing his paintings, particularly his early works, might be macabre.
He was born in Bordeaux and spent most of his youth on the family estate. His first lessons were with Stanislas Gorin, the watercolourist. His father made him read architecture and sculpture which he abandoned and went to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts under Gérôme, but he was not in agreement with his teachings and left. He came under the influence of Rodolphe Bresdin, an engraver extraordinaire before going to Paris in 1870. In Paris, he met Henry Fantin Latour who convinced him to do Lithography which he was to do with eagerness over many years. He became associated with writers of the Decadent.
His meeting with Seurat and Gauguin was to change his style from black macabre to vibrant colour, mainly influenced by Gauguin. In 1993, Redon received the Legion of Honour, and in his final years, he was content to paint flowers from his garden which are a prominent part of his oeuvre.

 

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Violette Heyman

Violette Heyman

Forest Spirit

Spirit of the Forest

Cyclops

Cyclops

Bar de Domecy

Baronne de Domecy

Chariot of Apollo

Chariot of Apollo

Flower Clouds

Flower Clouds

Saint John

Saint John

Seashell

Seashell

Roger and Angelica

Roger and Angelica

Pegasus

Pegasus

Flowers

Composition Flowers

Evocation

Evocation

Field Flowers

Field Flowers

Flowers in a Vase

Flowers in a Vase

Goddess

Goddess of Fire

Hommage

Hommage to Leonardo da Vinci

Jeanne Chaire

Jeanne Chaire

Lady

Lady of the Flowers

Mystery

Mystery

Nature Morte

Nature Morte

Pegasus

Pegasus

Profile

Profile and Flowers

Ophelia

Ophelia

Reading Monk

Reading Monk

Red Boat

Red Boat with Blue Sail

Sita

Sita

The Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus

Chariot of Apollo

The Chariot of Apollo

The Druidess

The Druidess

The Golden Cell

The Golden Cell

The Red Poppy

The Red Poppy

The Silence

The Silence

Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tree

The Tree

The Yellow Sail

The Yellow Sail

Tystnad

Tystnad

Yellow Bodice

Woman with a Yellow Bodice

Woman with Veil

Woman with Veil

Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait