French printmaker, draughtsman and painter. He spent his childhood
at Peyrelebade, his father’s estate in the Médoc. Peyrelebade became
a basic source of inspiration for all his art, providing him with
both subjects from nature and a stimulus for his fantasies, and
Redon returned there constantly until its enforced sale in 1897. He
received his education in Bordeaux from 1851, rapidly showing talent
in many art forms: he studied drawing with Stanislas Gorin
(?1824–?1874) from 1855; in 1857 he attempted unsuccessfully to
become an architect; and he also became an accomplished violinist.
He developed a keen interest in contemporary literature, partly
through the influence of Armand Clavaud, a botanist and thinker who
became his friend and intellectual mentor.
Musee d'Orsay, Paris
Spirit of the Forest
1880 The Woodner Family Collection, New York
of Madame Redon Embroidering
The Fallen Angel
Musee des Beaux-Arts at Bordeaux
the Harbor, Brittany
1881 The Woodner Family Collection, New
The Crying Spider
The Smiling Spider
1881 Musee du Louvre, Paris
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