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  • Odilon Redon Study

  • “One must respect black, nothing prostitutes it. It does not please the eye and it awakens no sensuality. It is the agent of the mind far more than the most beautiful color to the palette or prism.” – Odilon Redon

    Smiling spiders, cyclopes, macabre animals and plants with human heads – the creatures in Odilon Redon’s noirs  (“black things”, Redon’s own affectionate term for his charcoal drawings and lithographs), are equally unsettling and fascinating. This fusion of natural and fantastic belongs to the Symbolism movement where the images are derived from artist’s dreams and fantasies, his visits to the Natural History Museum, reflections on Darwin’s evolutionary theories and on the early stages of psychiatry and dream research, and finally, his fascination with the invisible world of science that can only be discerned through the microscope.

    Odion Redon, Le Cube, Lithograph

    A late starter, Redon (1840-1916), after numerous setbacks and false starts, gradually began to find a style of his own from the mid 1870s. It wasn’t until 1879, and the publication of his first album of lithographs Dans le Rêve that Redon’s work began to attract wider attention. These superb monochrome charcoal drawings and lithographs dominated Redon’s production until he was almost fifty years old and served as the basis for his reputation. And while color lithography had been developed in France as early as 1837, Redon stayed true to black until the 1890s, thus dividing his prolific oeuvre into two periods: his noires and his later pastels and paintings with their distinctive intense colors.

    Some of the imagery in Redon’s art of his noire period is infused with bizarre and grotesque characteristics bringing to mind the art of political caricature, which was thriving in Europe throughout the nineteenth century. Dramatic use of light and shadow is no less than an impeccable tribute to the oeuvre of Rembrandt. And while Redon’s art was profoundly idiosyncratic and hardly can’t be paralleled with any other work of modernity, he made a profound impact on his contemporaries (namely the Nabis influenced by Redon’s later radiant palette) and on the 1920s art movement, which carried on his investigation of the unconscious (the Surrealists).

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    Odilon Redon Study

    Опубликовано: 17.02.2018 | Автор: totthepu

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    05.04.2018 fannolighful74:
    Одилон Редон (фр. Odilon Redon; 20 апреля 1840, Бордо — 6 июля 1916, Париж) — французский живописец, график, декоратор, один из основателей символизма и «Общества независимых художников».

    09.04.2018 stoozappratcomp:
    Smiling spiders, cyclopes, macabre animals and plants with human heads – the creatures in Odilon Redon’s noirs.

    27.02.2018 Агафья:
    Одилон Редон (Odilon Redon, 1840-1916) был очень мнительным, обидчивым и пугливым человеком.

    12.03.2018 turnpaca83:
    Одилон Редон Плачущий паук- одно из многих произведений художника. Подробную информацию и описание работы читайте в Артхиве.

    21.02.2018 Лидия:
    Всемирная энциклопедия искусства: Одилон Редон.  Одилон Редон. Улыбающийся паук (ок. 1881) Лувр, Париж.

    26.03.2018 Марина:
    Одилон Редон: биография. Рисованием Редон увлекался с детских лет. Работы 10-летнего мастера принесли ему известность в ближайшем окружении, а в.