Odilon Redon was a French painter born on April 20, 1840, in Bordeaux, France. He first studied under Stanislas Gorin, who introduced Redon to the works of Romantic artists. In 1864, Redon enrolled in the studio of Jean-Leon Gerome. A year later, unsatisfied with Gerome’s firm methods, Redon moved to Bordeaux, where he became Rodolphe Bresdin’s mentee. Later, he learned lithography Henri Fantin-Latour, making it an income source during the 1870s.
After experimenting with several mediums and techniques from the 1870s to 1880s, Redon started working primarily with pastels in 1890, employing a much brighter palette than before. Redon spent his last decade painting commissioned portraits, still lifes, and decorative artworks. In 1903, the French government awarded Redon with the Legion of Honor. He died on July 6, 1916, in Paris, France.
What was Odilon Redon Known For?
Odilon Redon was known for his noir paintings, lithographs, portraits, and mythological scenes. Redon was first renowned for his noirs, a series of artworks he created purely in black due to his experiences in the Franco-Prussian war. During this period, he also made many lithographs. It wasn’t until the 1890s that Redon introduced colors to their paintings again. During his career, Redon emphasized subjectivity in his works.
Who was Odion Redon Influenced By?
Odion Redon was influenced by Eugene Delacroix, Francisco Goya, Rodolphe Bresdin, and Henri Fantin-Latour. Redon copied the works of Delacroix and Goya while in the atelier of Stanislas Gorin. Subsequently, Bresdin mentored him in making etchings and engravings. Fantin-Latour influenced Redon’s lithographs of the 1870s.
What Art Movement was Odion Redon Associated With?
Odion Redon was associated with the Symbolism art movement. Redon transitioned from his earlier techniques of representing the effects of light to focus on subjectivity and deeper meanings in his artwork.
Odion Redon Artwork
Below are some of the artworks of Odion Redon
Buddha Walking among the Flowers
Christ in Silence
Evocation of Butterflies
Muse on Pegasus
The Crying Spider
The Golden Cell
The Green Horseman
The Smiling Spider
All Odilon Redon Artwork on Artchive
|Ophelia||c.1903||Pastel on Paper|
|Deux jeunes filles en fleurs (Two Young Girls Among Flowers)||c. 1905-12||Oil on Canvas|
|Red Boat with Blue Sail||1906-07||Oil on Canvas|
|Guardian Spirit of the Waters||1878||Charcoal|
|La Barque Mystique||c. 1890-95||Pastel on wove paper|
|La coquille (The Seashell)||1912||Pastel on paper|
|Le Bouddha (The Buddha)||c. 1905||Pastel on paper|
|Les yeux clos (Closed Eyes)||c.1890||Lithograph,paper|
|Saint John||1892||Pastel on Paper|
|Profile and Flowers||1912||Pastel on Paper|
|Beatrice||1885||Pastel on Paper|
|Flower Clouds||1903||Pastel on Paper|
|Flowers||c.1903||Oil on Canvas|
|Mystery||c. 1910||Oil on Canvas|
|Parsifal||c.1912||Pastel on Paper|
|The Crying Spider||1881||Charcoal|
|The Cyclops||c.1898 - c.1900||Oil on Canvas|
|The Golden Cell||1892||Oil and gold metallic paint on paper prepared with white ground|
|The Red Sphinx||c. 1912||Pastel on Paper|
|The Smiling Spider||1887||Charcoal|
|Woman with a Yellow Bodice||c.1899||Pastel on Paper|