Flowers (c. 1903) by Odilon Redon

Flowers - Odilon Redon - c.1903

Artwork Information

ArtistOdilon Redon
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions66 x 54.5 cm
Art MovementSymbolism
Current LocationKunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland

About Flowers

The artwork “Flowers” by Odilon Redon is a striking oil on canvas painting executed around 1903. As part of the Symbolism art movement, the piece is known for its dreamy, evocative imagery and can be found in the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen in Switzerland. The painting’s dimensions are modestly sized at 66 x 54.5 cm, and it belongs to the genre of flower painting, which is a traditional subject matter in the history of art.

Regarding its composition, the artwork presents a vivid and lush depiction of a bouquet. The palette is rich and variegated, with splashes of blue, yellow, red, and touches of other hues that add depth and texture. Redon is renowned for his use of color and imaginative presentation, moving beyond naturalism to a personal expression that belies the Symbolist intentions of revealing inner worlds and ideas. The flowers are clustered closely together, with each bloom competing for attention yet harmoniously contributing to the overall impressionistic explosion of color. The vase anchoring the composition is rendered in dark tones, effectively accentuating the brightness and chromatic variety of the flowers above. This contrast is a testament to Redon’s skill in manipulating color to evoke emotional states and underscore symbolic meanings. The background is subdued, yet hints of color and light create an almost ethereal setting for these blossoms, emphasizing the mystical or otherworldly atmosphere often associated with Symbolist works.

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