The Red Sphinx (c. 1912) by Odilon Redon

The Red Sphinx - Redon, Odilon - c

Artwork Information

TitleThe Red Sphinx
ArtistOdilon Redon
Datec. 1912
MediumPastel on Paper
Dimensions61 x 49.5 cm
Art MovementSymbolism
Current LocationPrivate Collection
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About The Red Sphinx

French painter and graphic artist Odilon Redon created The Red Sphinx, a prominent work of Symbolism in 1912. This pastel and paper piece features various symbolic elements, including plants, flowers, butterflies, and a sphinx against a backdrop of the sky. The striking artwork is currently held in a private collection.

Redon’s art is known for its depictions of dreams, landscapes, mythological scenes, and floral still lifes. In addition to The Red Sphinx, he also created notable works in mediums such as lithographs and oils. The painting has been showcased in exhibitions around the world and can be found in digital or oil painting reproductions.

It’s worth noting that while The Red Sphinx may appear mysterious with its allusive symbols, it still resonates with audiences today for its innovative use of color harmony and design composition. Though modern interpretations may vary from the artist’s intent over 100 years ago when it was first created – perhaps an attempt at depicting a phantasmagorical world – one can still appreciate this masterpiece objectively as one of the foundational artworks for Symbolism movement worldwide.

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