Odilon Redon: La Voile Jaune (c1905)

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Odilon Redon La Voile jaune (The Yellow Sail), ca. 1905, Pastel on paper Indianapolis Museum of Art, image source:

Who Is Odilon Redon?

Odilon Redon was a French symbolist painter, printmaker, draughtsman and pastellist.

Known for his unique blend of artistic naturalism and symbolic subject matter, Odilon Redon was highly influential among the late 19th century French avant-garde circle. Working in charcoal, pastel, oil, and lithography, Redon created imaginative scenes that, while often based in the supernatural, were nonetheless executed in a highly representational manner.

Odilon Redon, Self-Portrait, 1880, Musée d’Orsay, image via wikipedia

Redon considered this descriptive accuracy essential, writing

“every time that a human figure does not give the illusion that it is … about to come out of the picture frame to walk, act or think, the drawing is not a truly modern one.”


What is Symbolist Art?

Symbolist artist Odilon Redon created…

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