Cactus Man (1881) by Odilon Redon

Cactus Man - Odilon Redon - 1882

Artwork Information

TitleCactus Man
ArtistOdilon Redon
Dimensions46.5 x 31.5 cm
Art MovementSymbolism
Current LocationThe Woodner Family Collection, New York
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About Cactus Man

French artist Odilon Redon’s early career was marked by his preference for black and white charcoal drawings, which he almost exclusively worked with. He is known for his work in surrealism and symbolism, two movements that place a high value on metaphorical representation over literal depictions of the world.

One of Redon’s striking pieces from this time is The Cactus Man. The artwork portrays a man’s head emergent from a flowerpot studded with thorns. It captures the essence of surrealism, showcasing the unexpected appearance of this figure amidst what we normally expect to see in reality.

Cactus Man remains popular today as an excellent example of how artists like Redon used their chosen medium to communicate something personal and unique about our human experience through visual language. Interested people can acquire hand-painted or digital reproductions as part of their art collection.

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