Odilon Redon 1840-1916

September 10, 2011

So I know I have already touched base on this artist but you know what sometimes it is completely worth reviewing your favorite artists again. Granted I’m pretty sure I have never posted about him on this page so at least this is not a duplicate.

Odilon Redon was a French symbolist artist, draughtsman, and printmaker born in 1840. His work ranges from fantasy, to landscape to portraits and each have their own unique qualities. However, I must admit that I am a biggest fan of his works between 1880 and 1890. During this time he focused primarily on Charcoal drawings and Lithographs, which were a great combination allowing him to create similar tones, textures and atmosphere. A lot of the work created at this time is considered his Niors. I have chosen a few pieces of work which really influence me and I hope you enjoy them. I do recommend taking some time to investigate his work since it is full of so many interesting images and ideas.

The Dream Finished by Death 1887 charcoal

I primarily chose this image because of the atmospheric qualities it possesses. Such a ghostly undertone of a skeletal figure creeps from within a mass of cloud or smoke. It is eerie and yet intriguing and lures you in the way that I suppose death sometimes does.

The convict 1881 charcoal

In this image the color of the paper really helps create such a strong mood. The convict in this image has such an expression of longing for what he has lost, gazing out the window at a freedom he no longer possesses. The composition of this image also has such a strong read, forcing the figure to be squished into the righthand side of the image space and curled into himself as if it is the only comfort he still has.

araignee (spider) 1887 Lithograph

This image for me shows such a whimsical crisp image, utilizing the similarity to drawing in the lithograph.