Developments in the 19th Century



 




Art Styles in 19th century - Art Map


 




SYMBOLISM

in

FRANCE




(Between Romanticism and Expressionism)


 




Odilon Redon

(1840- 1916)

 

     


THE UNCONSCIOUS

 

   


Odilon Redon

Self-Portrait

 

b Bordeaux, 20 April 1840; d Paris, 6 July 1916.

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.

   
Angel Executions
1878 
   
Self Portrait
1880 

Musee d'Orsay, Paris
 
   
Peyrelebade Landscape
1880 
 
   
Spirit of the Forest
1880
The Woodner Family Collection, New York
 
   
Portrait of Madame Redon Embroidering 
1880 
 
   
The Fallen Angel
1880 
Musee des Beaux-Arts at Bordeaux

 

   
Near the Harbor, Brittany
1880 
   
Cactus Man
1881
The Woodner Family Collection, New York
 
   
The Crying Spider
1881

 

   
The Smiling Spider
1881
Musee du Louvre, Paris
 

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