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Creator Name: Redon, Odilon
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1840 - 1916
Biography: A leader of the symbolist movement in France, Odilon Redon was born in Bordeaux in 1840 and grew up in the surrounding region. During his early years he studied drawing, architecture, and the violin. A friendship with Armand Clavaud, a local botanist and philosopher, stimulated Redon's passion for romantic art and literature. In 1864, after a brief and discouraging period of instruction with Gérôme (q.v.) in Paris, Redon returned to Bordeaux, where he studied printmaking with Rodolphe Bresdin (1825-1885). Deploring the emphasis on rational, phenomenal experience in academic and naturalist art, Redon turned for inspiration to the imaginative paintings of Delacroix (q.v.), the prints of Francisco José de Goya (1746-1828), and the poetry of Charles Baudelaire.In 1870, after military service in the Franco-Prussian War, Redon settled in Paris and produced his first Noirs. These visionary images, featuring floating eyes and severed heads born aloft on wings, reflect Redon's belief in the superiority of the imagination and fantasy, which he considered "the messenger of the unconscious." After producing his initial Noirs in charcoal, Redon discovered a method of transferring his drawings to lithography in 1876. Throughout the 1880s he continued to use charcoal, etching, and lithography as his primary media, and he produced twelve lithography albums before abandoning the genre in the late 1890s.During the 1880s Redon emerged as a leader of the symbolist reaction against impressionism. The publication in 1879 of his first lithographic album, Dans le rêve, followed by his first solo exhibition in 1881, attracted the admiration of J. K. Huysmans, who included illustrations by Redon in his novel ? rebours (1884). Around the same time, Redon developed a personal and artistic relationship with poet Stéphane Mallarmé. Increasingly drawn into the public arena, Redon helped organize the Société des Artistes Indépendants in 1884. In 1886 he participated in the last impressionist exhibition and began showing with Les XX in Brussels. Redon's antinaturalist, visionary, art inspired many symbolist and Nabi artists, including Gauguin (q.v.) and Vuillard (q.v.). Maurice Denis praised Redon as "our Mallarmé," and in 1892 critic Albert Aurier described Redon as a leader of the new "idealistic" tendency in art.After 1890 the focus of Redon's activity shifted from monochromatic drawings and prints toward exploring color in richly worked pastels. His innovations in luminous color, as seen in the pastel and oil paintings he exhibited at the Galeries Durand-Ruel in 1900 were greatly admired by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and the Fauves. Awarded the Legion of Honor in 1903, Redon continued his leadership role in the avant-garde and in 1904 became a founding member of the Salon d'Automne. In 1913 forty of his works were selected for exhibition in the Armory Show, the most by any artist. Redon died at his home in Paris in the summer of 1916.
Creator Birth Place: Bordeaux, 20 April 1840
Creator Death Place: Paris, 6 July 1916
Creator Name-CRT: Odilon Redon
Title: Vase of flowers
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1916
Creation End Date: 1916
Creation Date: 1916
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Classification Term: Drawing
Materials and Techniques: pastel
Dimensions: Sheet: 84.1cm x 5.8cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1958.46
Credit Line: Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr.
Provenance: R. Kahn; Jacques Seligmann & Co., NY
Context: After 1900, Redon devoted increasing attention to floral subjects. This related not only to the artist's poor financial situation and a great market demand for such works, but also to his sincere fascination with flowers. For Redon and other Symbolist artists and poets, flowers, and especially poppies (because of their association with opium) became a subject conducive to a state of poetic reverie.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1958.46
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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