Parsifal (c. 1912) by Odilon Redon

Parsifal - Odilon Redon - c.1912

Artwork Information

ArtistOdilon Redon
MediumPastel on Paper
Dimensions64 x 49 cm
Art MovementSymbolism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris

About Parsifal

The artwork titled “Parsifal” was created by the artist Odilon Redon around the year 1912. It is a pastel on paper, and the piece is associated with the Symbolism art movement. Measuring approximately 64 by 49 centimeters, this literary painting belongs to the genre that draws inspiration from literary sources. The artwork is part of the collection at the Musée d’Orsay, which is located in Paris.

“Parsifal” by Odilon Redon presents a somber and contemplative figure that dominates the composition. The central figure’s expression is introspective, evoking a sense of deep spiritual or emotional contemplation. The eyes are especially prominent, with a gaze that seems to penetrate beyond the surface of the painting, suggesting an encounter with profound mysteries or truths. The background features an ethereal landscape that seems to blur into the figure, creating a dreamlike atmosphere that is typical of the Symbolist movement’s intention to evoke emotion and idea over realistic depiction. The use of pastels allows for a soft, yet intense interplay of colors, with a particular emphasis on shadow and light which gives the figure a mystical quality. The subtle gradations of tone and the textured application of the media are indicative of Redon’s expertise in harnessing the qualities of pastels to render both the tangible and the intangible. The hauntingly beautiful artwork embodies Symbolism’s fascination with the unseen, the spiritual, and the inner world of imagination.

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