Saint John (1892) by Odilon Redon

Saint John - Redon, Odilon - 1892 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleSaint John
ArtistOdilon Redon
MediumPastel on Paper
Dimensions42.5 x 29 cm
Art MovementSymbolism
Current LocationPrivate Collection
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About Saint John

Saint John is a captivating pastel and charcoal on paper drawing created by the renowned French Symbolist artist, Odilon Redon, in 1892. This artwork depicts Saint John wearing a bright blue tunic. Redon’s art was highly influenced by Edgar Allen Poe’s writings and he created wildly imaginative artwork during this time period.

Redon primarily used black and white in his early artworks, but “Saint John” is one of the few pieces where he added color to his creations. The painting showcases Redon’s masterful skill in blending colors to create texture and depth within the piece.

In addition to “Saint John,” Redon depicted various other motifs in his portfolio, such as landscapes, dreams, and mythological scenes. He utilized different techniques such as charcoal drawing or lithography to create texture and drama in each piece of art that he produced.

While “Saint John” resides within a private collection today, replicas are available for purchase on sites like for those interested in owning a piece of history. In summary, “Saint John” remains an essential part of Odilon’s legacy as an artist from the Symbolist movement known for bringing characters from literature into the realm of fine arts with their wild imaginings.

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