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A Few Pigments
04-01-2005, 05:42 PM
This one caught me by surprise. I didnít think Redon would be the Master for April. I have a lot more to add to this thread. Stay tuned for further developments.

The April Masters of Pastels is about Odilon Redon. He was a French symbolist painter, born April 22, 1840 and died July 6, 1916.
1880, Odilon Redon, Self Portrait, oil.jpg

From Artcyclopedia: http://www.artcyclopedia.com/history/symbolism.html
Symbolism is a 19th-century movement in which art became infused with a spooky mysticism. It was a continuation of the Romantic tradition, which included such artists as Caspar David Friedrich and John Henry Fuseli.

Anticipating Freud and Jung, the Symbolists mined mythology and dream imagery for a visual language of the soul. More a philosophy than an actual style of art, they influenced the contemporary Art Nouveau movement and Les Nabis.

The leading Symbolists included Gustave Moreau, Odilon Redon, and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes.

The movement was also a major influence on some of the Expressionists, especially through the work of Edvard Munch and Franz von Stuck.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odilon_Redon
Odilon Redon started drawing as a very young child and at the age of ten, was awarded a drawing prize at school. At age 15, he began to study drawing but on the insistence of his father switched to architecture. Any career in architecture ended when he failed to pass the entrance exams at Parisí …cole des Beaux-Arts but eventually he would study there under Jean-Lťon GerŰme (1824-1904).

Back home in his native Bordeaux, he took up sculpture and was instructed in etching and lithography by Rodolphe Bresdin (1822-1885).

However, his artistic career was interrupted when he joined the army in 1870 to serve in the Franco-Prussian War.

At the end of the war, he moved to Paris, working almost exclusively in charcoal and lithography. It would not be until 1878 before his work gained any recognition with "Guardian Spirit of the Waters" and he published his first album of lithographs titled: "Dans le RÍve" in 1879. Still, Redon remained relatively unknown until the appearance in 1884 of a cult novel by Joris-Karl Huysmans titled: "A rebours (Against Nature) ." The story featured a decadent aristocrat who collected Redon's drawings.

In the 1890s, he began to use pastel and oils. That dominated his works for the rest of his life. In 1899, he exhibited with the Les Nabis at Durand-Ruel's. In 1903 he was awarded the Legion of Honor. His popularity increased when a catalogue of etchings and lithographs was published by Andrť Mellerio in 1913 and that same year, he was given the largest single representation at the New York Armory Show.

Odilon Redon is considered by many as the greatest of the French Symbolist painters. His works can be found at some of the great museums in Europe and North America.

In 1923 Mellerio published: "Odilon Redon: Peintre Dessinateur et Graveur."

Pastel Paintings
1869, The Mystical Knight, Charcoal and pastel on beige paper. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6593

1876, Melancholy, Charcoal, goache and pastel and black chalk. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6597

1880, Portrait of Madame Redon Embroidering, Pastel. Height: 58 cm (22.83 in.), Width: 42 cm (16.54 in.) http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6603

1880, Self Portrait, Painting - oil on canvas. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6601

1883, The Beacon, Pastel, charcoal and black chalk. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6605

1884, Small Bust of a Young Girl, Pastel, gouache and conte crayon over charcoal.

1885, Beatrice, Pastel over charcoal. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6607

1890-94, Salome, Pastel over paper on gray paper. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6615

1890-95, The Mysterious Boat, Pastel on wove paper. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6616

1892, Saint John aka The Blue Tunic, Pastel over charcoal. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6617

1893, Salome, Pastel and graphite over charcoal and black chalk. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6621

1893, The Druidess, Charcoal embellished with pastel. Height: 39 cm (15.35 in.), Width: 33 cm (12.99 in.) http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6619

1894, Mystical Knight, Charcoal and pastel on beige paper. Height: 100 cm (39.37 in.), Width: 81.5 cm (32.09 in.) http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6623

1894, The Child, Pastel, Height: 27 cm (10.63 in.), Width: 26.8 cm (10.55 in.) http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=12509

1895, Closed Eyes, Pastel on paper. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6627

1895, Flower of Blood, pastel on gray paper. Height: 30 cm (11.81 in.), Width: 43 cm (16.93 in.) http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=12511

c. 1895, Head of a Young Woman in Profile, Pastel and pencil on brown paper. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6628

1895, The Yellow Cape, pastel. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6625

1895, Veiled Woman, pastel. Height: 47.5 cm (18.7 in.), Width: 32 cm (12.6 in.) http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6626

1895-99, Christ in Silence, charcoal and pastel. Height: 58 cm (22.83 in.), Width: 46 cm (18.11 in.) http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=12516

1895-00, Christ on the Cross, Pencil, pen and ink, and pastel. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6633

1895-00, Christ with Red Thorns, charcoal and pastel. Height: 50 cm (19.69 in.), Width: 40 cm (15.75 in.) http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=12515

1895-00, Oriental Woman, pastel. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6629

1895-00, The Sacred Heart, pastel on buff paper. Height: 60 cm (23.62 in.), Width: 46.5 cm (18.31 in.) http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=12517

1897, Calvary, pastel. Height: 69 cm (27.17 in.), Width: 53 cm (20.87 in.) http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=12518

1897, The Boat aka Virgin with Corona, pastel. Height: 44.2 cm (17.4 in.), Width: 28 cm (11.02 in.) http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6638

1898, Portrait of Ari Redon, Pastel on board. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6636

1898, Portrait of the Son of Robert de Comecy, Pastel and red chalk on buff paper. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6637

1899, Woman with a Yellow Bodice, Pastel. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6639

1900, Flowers in a Pot, Pastel on light brown paper. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6661

1900, Flowers in a Red Pitcher, Pastel on light brown paper, laid down on board. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6642

1900, Portrait of Marie Botkine, pastel, Height: 64 cm (25.2 in.), Width: 48 cm (18.9 in.). http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=12523

1900, Portrait of Paule Gobillard, pastel, Height: 52 cm (20.47 in.), Width: 46 cm (18.11 in.). http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=12522

1900, Profile of a Young Girl, pastel, Height: 48.5 cm (19.09 in.), Width: 34 cm (13.39 in.)
. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=10407

1900, The Child in a Sphere of Light, Pastel on gray brown paper. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6664

1900, The Fisherwoman, Pastel on paper, laid down on board. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6641

Oil Paintings Based on Pastel Work
1890-95, The Mysterious Boat, Pastel on wove paper. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6616

1897, Mysterious Boat, oil on board. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=6635

Pictures from Image Archives:
Artcyclopedia, the most complete listing of links on the web for Odilon Redon: http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/redon_odilon.html

The-Athenaeum, 289 works: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/by_artist.php?sort=date_up&id=328

Odilon Redon at WetCanvas: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Museum/Artists/r/Odilon_Redon/index.html

11-05-2005, 10:52 AM
Thanks! I really enjoyed looking at these painting. He reminds me a bit of Chagall..with the air of mysticism and a sensitive penetration of the soul.:rolleyes:

A Few Pigments
11-05-2005, 05:52 PM
Hi Chloe_1, Iím glad you enjoyed the thread. yes, his work does have an air of mysticism. Itís very unusual. Thankx for your comments. :)