Connect with us

DailyArtMagazine.com – Art History Stories

10 Creatures Created By Odilon Redon That Will Give You Creeps

Just Weird

10 Creatures Created By Odilon Redon That Will Give You Creeps

Works of Odilon Redon look like they were created by a weirdo. During the early years of artistic activity of this Symbolist painter, printmaker, draughtsman and pastellist his works were described as “a synthesis of nightmares and dreams”. As you will see below, they are full of dark, fantastic figures from nightmares, or skewed imagination, however you call it. Redon created imagined and supernatural scenes which nonetheless were executed in a highly representational manner. “My originality,” wrote Redon, “consists in bringing to life…improbable beings and making them live according to the laws of probability, by putting—as far as possible—the logic of the Visible at the service of the Invisible.” Redon was influenced by the poetry of Charles Baudelaire and Stéphane Mallarmé, and admired by the painters Gustave Moreau and Gustave Klimt.

Below you will find a small gallery of his creepy creatures. Enjoy!

1. The Smiling Spider, 1881

Odilon Redon, The Smiling Spider, 1881, Fondation Beyeler

Odilon Redon, The Smiling Spider, 1881, Fondation Beyeler

2. The Cyclops, 1898

Odilon Redon, The Cyclops, 1898, Kröller-Müller Museum

Odilon Redon, The Cyclops, 1898, Kröller-Müller Museum

3. Vision, 1883

Odilon Redon, Vision, c. 1883

Odilon Redon, Vision, c. 1883

4. Cactus Man, 1881

Odilon Redon, Cactus Man, 1881, The Woodner Family Collection

Odilon Redon, Cactus Man, 1881, The Woodner Family Collection

5. Guardian Spirit of the Waters, 1878

2314Odilon Redon, Guardian Spirit of the Waters", 1878, Art Institute of Chicago45_3615738

Odilon Redon, Guardian Spirit of the Waters”, 1878, Art Institute of Chicago

6. Boiled perfume, 1885

Odilon Redon, Boiled perfume, 1885

Odilon Redon, Boiled perfume, 1885

7. Crying Spider, 1881

 Odilon Redon, Crying Spider, 1881, Private collection, The Netherlands

Odilon Redon, Crying Spider, 1881, Private collection, The Netherlands

8. Eye-Balloon, 1878

Odilon Redon, Eye-Balloon, 1878, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Odilon Redon, Eye-Balloon, 1878, Museum of Modern Art, New York

9. The Cube, 1880

Odilon Redon, The Cube, 1880, Private Collection

Odilon Redon, The Cube, 1880, Private Collection

10. Spirit of the Forest (Specter from a Giant Tree), 1880

Odilon Redon, Spirit of the Forest (Specter from a Giant Tree) , 1880, The Woodner Family Collection, New York

Odilon Redon, Spirit of the Forest (Specter from a Giant Tree) , 1880, The Woodner Family Collection, New York

Find out more:

     


Art Historian, huge fan of Giorgione and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. Founder and CEO of DailyArtMagazine.com and DailyArt mobile app. But to be honest, her greatest accomplishment is being the owner of Pimpek the Cat.

Comments

More in Just Weird

  • 20th century

    The Dystopian Surrealism of Zdzislaw Beksinski

    By

    There are many fans of gruesome and gore art who are attracted to the dystopian surrealism of Zdzisław Beksiński. After all, he created such a gothic, haunting and stressful ambience in his paintings, making it hard to look away. He was a pioneer of Polish contemporary...

  • dailyart

    Windy Paintings for a Breath of Fresh Air

    By

    It’s so hot in where I live at the moment, the air is stale and inert, everything seems to be suspended in time and space. I’m producing waterfalls of sweat, praying on my balcony for a tiny breeze and hoping to call the winds with windy...

  • Artists' Stories

    Painters’ Bedrooms: Art for Moving Houses

    By

    I’m moving house again and today I’m doing the final packing. Although I like my mobile living, I find it always so nostalgic to leave my own piece of the world, my private bedroom. Let’s Peer into Painters’ Bedrooms: De Hooch was a master of peering...

  • Art State of Mind

    You Got a Fast Car: Automobile Art

    By

    I’m desperately trying to pass my driving license exam (so far no good). I thought that maybe art and Tracy Chapman could give me some speeding vibes in the car? Renaissance Vehicle This drawing presents the original idea for the first self-propelled vehicle in history. Leonardo...

  • Art History 101

    Art Afterpieces. How Internet Didn’t Come up with Anything New

    By

    Playing with the greatest masterpieces by adding to them contemporary elements, like inserting a smartphone into a hand of a Pre-Raphaelite lady, might seem an invention made a couple of years ago. Well, it is not. Ward Kimball, cartoonist employed by the Walt Disney Company from...

To Top

Just to let you know, DailyArt Magazine’s website uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features and to analyse traffic. Read cookies policy