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

About Cactus Man

The artwork titled “Cactus Man” was created by the artist Odilon Redon in 1882. This piece was crafted using charcoal on paper and belongs to the Symbolism movement. The dimensions of the work are 46.5 cm in height and 31.5 cm in width. As a symbolic painting, it represents the genre of symbolic and emblematic art. The piece is currently part of The Woodner Family Collection located in New York.

The artwork presents a captivating and peculiar subject: the figure of a man appears to merge with the characteristics of a cactus. The man’s face is portrayed with distinct human features, somewhat introspective and pensive in expression, and is surrounded by spikes reminiscent of the spines found on a cactus. These spikes generate an aura of being untouchable or isolated, contributing to its symbolic nature. Below the figure’s head, there appears to be an image or object reminiscent of a framed painting or a box, adding another level of enigmatic quality to the piece. The background is subdued and shaded, focusing attention on the textures and the contrast provided by the dark charcoal strokes, which are masterfully applied to create depth and intensity. Redon’s technique emphasizes the interplay of light and shadow, creating a subtle, almost dream-like atmosphere that encourages the viewer to contemplate the artwork’s symbolic meaning.

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