Odilon Redon Paintings Oil Painting Reproductions
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Odilon Redon was a French painter and graphic artist whose work is most frequently identified with that of the Symbolists, but also has many characteristics which would became a major influence to the Surrealists. No matter the classification, the drawings and paintings of Odilon Redon are clearly modern in their creation and influenced many later generations of artists. Born in Bordeaux in 1840 to a wealthy family; his father was a French colonist in the United States and his mother was from New Orleans, though of specifically French descent as well. The first training Odilon Redon received in the arts was through a Bordeaux artist named Stanislas Gorin. Later, he would attend painting classes at the prestigious …cole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France after he was unable to study architecture which was his fatherís wish. In 1878 Redon learned the art of lithography from a prominent lithographer: Henri Fantin-Latour and the vast knowledge he gained there would continue to affect the oil paintings of Odilon Redon due to the graphic-based nature of lithography. In 1884, Odilon Redon artwork was displayed at the first Salon des Independants, of which he was one of the founding members. Odilon Redon paintings were very closely intertwined with his own deep interest in psychological and philosophical questions of fantasy, sickness, and perversion. His unusual beliefs were actually quite consistent with the philosophy of many Symbolist artists. He explored the relationship between the viewers vision and understanding of a work of art. The ideas in Odilon Redon oil paintings and other works were definitively related to mysticism and his use of dream imagery was meant to reveal deeper messages about the state of the human soul and other large encompassing truths about the universe or human condition. In the case of Redon, most of his works used fantasy and his preoccupation with the sickness of humanity to create a deep emotions in even the seemingly innocuous still life paintings of vases of flowers. However, the floral series that he completed toward the end of his career was a distinct move away from the more macabre subjects of his earlier works and deemphasized some of the perversion that he had become fascinated by in his earlier works. However, in each of Redonís works lay a deeper meaning, which was the primary motivation behind his creation of the type of art that he embraced. Additionally, a great amount of Redonís artwork was inspired by literary pieces and he became well-known in the literary world as well. Some of the most distinct and famous paintings by Odilon Redon are titled: The Cyclops, Parsifal, Profile and Flowers, Red Boat with Blue Sail, The Buddha, Flower Clouds, Ophelia, Women with a Yellow Bodice, Old Man with Wings, Eye-Balloon, Pegasus, Sacred Heart, Red Poppy, Peyrlebade, Apolloís Chariot, The Birth of Venus and The Shell. Odilon Redon worked in many mediums including lithography, oils, charcoal and pastels and these works are a broad representation of the wide spectrum of his work.