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Vase of Flowers

Vase of Flowers

c. 1905
(French, 1840–1916)
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.)

Did You Know?

Redon returned to the subject of flowers many times throughout his career. His interest in plants may have been inspired by his friend and mentor Armand Clavaud, a botanist and illustrator who lived in Redon's hometown of Bordeaux.

Description

Rapturous flower still lifes like this dominated the last decade and a half of Odilon Redon’s career and provided his greatest commercial success. His interest in plants and flowers began in his youth; child of wine producers, he grew up northwest of Bordeaux and was sensitive to fluctuations in weather, light, and temperature affecting the grape harvest. When he was 20, Redon met Armond Clavaud, a botanist and draftsman who illustrated his own compendium of flowers of the Bordeaux region. Clavaud’s meticulously rendered drawings sparked the young Redon’s imagination and helped to instill his desire to paint “nature, as seen in a dream.”
  • 1929
    (Georges Bernheim, Paris, France, January 1929, stock no. A498, sold to Knoedler & Co.)
    1929
    (Knoedler & Co., New York, NY, September 1929, stock no. A1021, sold to George C. Lee)
    1929
    Mrs. G. C. Lee returned to Knoedler & Co., New York, NY (stock number A1021) November 1929, held jointly with E. Bignou.
    1929-1930
    (Knoedler & Co., New York, NY, January 1930, stock number A1171, jointly with E. Bignou, sold to Mrs. R.T. Wilson)
    1930
    Mrs. R.T. Wilson [1875-1947], New York, NY returned to Knoedler & Co., May 1930
    1930-1935
    (M. Knoedler & Co., New York, NY, December 1935, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    1935-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • [Cover]. Decorative Arts I, no. 1 (December 1934): cover. Reproduced: cover
    Francis, Henry S. "A Flower Piece by Odilon Redon." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art XXIII, no. 1 (January 1936): 4-6. Reproduced: cover; Mentioned: p. 4-6
    "Cleveland Gets Redon Work: Vase of Flowers." ARTnews 34 (January 11, 1936): 16. Mentioned and Reproduced: p. 16
    Carnegie Institute. Department of Fine Arts. A Survey of French Painting : Gallery A, Second Floor April 2 to May 14 Mcmxxxvi. Pittsburgh, PA: Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute, 1936. Mentioned: cat. no. 36
    Cleveland Museum of Art. Catalogue of the Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition of the Cleveland Museum of Art: The Official Art Exhibit of the Great Lakes Exposition : June Twenty-Sixth to October Fourth 1936. [Cleveland, Ohio]: [Cleveland Museum of Art], 1936. Mentioned: cat. no. 341, p 127
    "Vase of Flowers." Arts 30 (December 1955): 41. Reproduced: p. 41
    Paul Rosenberg & Co. An Exhibition of Paintings and Pastels by Odilon Redon (1840-1916) February 9 to March 7, 1959. 1959. Mentioned and Reproduced: cat. no. 8, p. 21
    Redon, Odilon. "Odilon Redon: To Myself." Portfolio 8 (Spring 1964): 100-120. Reproduced: p. 108
    Berger, Klaus. Odilon Redon: Fantasy and Colour. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1965. Reproduced: p. 203, no. 307
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1966. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1966. Reproduced: p. 181 archive.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1969. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1969. Reproduced: p. 181 archive.org
    Awazu, Norio. Redon. Tokyo: Shinchosa, 1975. Reproduced: no. 11
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1978. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1978. Reproduced: p. 224 archive.org
    Wildenstein, Alec. Odilon Redon: Catalogue Raisonné de l'Oeuvre Peint et Dessiné. Paris: Wildenstein Institute, 1992. Reproduced: p. 111, no. 1522, vol. 3
    Chong, Alan. European & American Painting in the Cleveland Museum of Art: A Summary Catalogue. Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1993. Reproduced: p. 191
    D' Argencourt, Louise, and Roger Diederen. Catalogue of Paintings. Pt. 4. European Paintings of the 19th Century. Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1999. Mentioned and reproduced: p. 518-520, no. 181
  • Working among Flowers: French Still Life in the 19th Century. The Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX (organizer) (October 26, 2014-February 1, 2015); Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA (March 22-June 21, 2015); Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (July 19-October 11, 2015).
    Monet to Dalí: Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art. Beijing World Art Museum, China (May 26-August 27, 2006); Mori Art Center (September 16-November 26, 2006); Seoul Art Center, South Korea (December 22, 2006-March 28, 2007); Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, South Korea (April 7-May 20, 2007); Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (June 9-September 16, 2007); The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 21, 2007-January 13, 2008); Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN (February 15-June 1, 2008); Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT (June 22-September 21, 2008); The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI (October 12, 2008-January 18, 2009).
    The Magic of Still Life. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 4, 1986-February 1, 1987).
    Art Museum of the Month. Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, OH (organizer) (December 3-31, 1961).
    An Exhibition of Paintings and Pastels by Odilon Redon. Paul Rosenberg & Co. (February 9-March 7, 1959).
    Odilon Redon: 1840-1916. Society of the Four Arts (March 18-April 3, 1955).
    35th Anniversary Exhibition. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (June 20-September 30, 1951).
    19th and 20th Century French Art and Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Loans. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (June 22-September 1, 1943).
    Picasso and French Republican Art. Grand Rapids Art Museum (March 23-April 15, 1942).
    French Drawings and Watercolors from French Public and Private Collections. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (January 6-February 15, 1942).
    The Silver Jubilee Exhibition. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (June 23-September 28, 1941).
    The Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition: The Official Art Exhibit of the Great Lakes Exposition. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (June 26-October 4, 1936).
    Autumn Flower Show. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 1-December 1, 1935).
    A survey of French paintings. Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA (organizer) (April 2-May 14, 1935).
    French Painting from the Fifteenth Century to the Present Day. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA (1934).
    A Survey of French Painting. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD. (1934-35).
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