Profile and Flowers (1912) by Odilon Redon

Profile and Flowers - Odilon Redon - 1912

Artwork Information

TitleProfile and Flowers
ArtistOdilon Redon
MediumPastel on Paper
Dimensions27 5/8 x 21 3/4 in. (70.2 x 55.2 cm)
Art MovementSymbolism
Current LocationMcNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX, US

About Profile and Flowers

“Profile and Flowers” is a compelling artwork by Odilon Redon, crafted in 1912, and embodies the Symbolism art movement. The medium of this portrait is pastel on paper, with dimensions measuring 27 5/8 x 21 3/4 inches (70.2 x 55.2 cm). Presently, this piece is housed within the McNay Art Museum located in San Antonio, TX, US.

The artwork features the profile of a figure set against an expressive background. The figure, whose features are softly defined, is contrasted with vibrant, colorful flowers positioned to the right. The pastel medium allows for a blend of smooth textures and rich hues, creating an ethereal atmosphere that is characteristic of the Symbolist movement, wherein the depiction aims to convey a more profound, introspective meaning rather than a mere representation of reality. The presence of flowers alongside the subject suggests themes of nature, beauty, and perhaps the transience of life, inviting viewers to explore the psychological and symbolic undercurrents of Redon’s work. The use of light and dark shades enhances the contemplative mood, compelling the observer to reflect on the interplay between the serene profile and the lively floral elements.

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