Heather Lemonedes Curator of Drawings
Odilon Redon (French, 1840-1916)
Oil on fabric, Framed: 90.8 x 62.2 x 10.2 cm (35 3/4 x 24 1/2 x 4 in.); Unframed: 73 x 59 cm (28 3/4 x 23 1/4 in.). Gift of Roberta Holden Bole 1935.233
Known for his dark, velvety charcoal drawings and lithographs, Redon began working predominantly in oil and pastel after 1900, thus enlisting color in his explorations of the world of dreams and the imagination. Like other Symbolists, Redon searched for alternative experiences beyond the rational logic of Naturalism and Impressionism. He used his knowledge of botany as a starting point for this painting, but infused the flowers with heightened luminosity and sensuous form.
French Painting from the Fifteenth Century to the Present Day. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA (1934). Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (1936).A Survey of French Painting. Carnegie Institute of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (1936).Picasso and French Republican Art. Grand Rapids Art Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI (1942) (according to Wildenstein 1992; cannot be confirmed as museum records are incomplete).Exhibition of Still Life Paintings, Seventeenth to Nineteenth Century. Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio (1945). Two Centuries of Flower Paintings. Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL (1952). Odilon Redon 1840-1916. Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL (1955). An Exhibition of Paintings and Pastels by Odilon Redon. Paul Rosenberg & Co. New York, NY(1959).Grand Rapids Art Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI (December 1961).A Survey of French Painting. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD. (1934-35).
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