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10 Creatures Created By Odilon Redon That Will Give You Creeps

Zuzanna Stańska 15 September 2016 min Read

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

[caption id="attachment_1658" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Odilon Redon, The Smiling Spider, 1881, Fondation Beyeler Odilon Redon, The Smiling Spider, 1881, Fondation Beyeler[/caption]

2. The Cyclops, 1898

[caption id="attachment_1659" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Odilon Redon, The Cyclops, 1898, Kröller-Müller Museum Odilon Redon, The Cyclops, 1898, Kröller-Müller Museum[/caption]

3. Vision, 1883

[caption id="attachment_1667" align="aligncenter" width="564"]Odilon Redon, Vision, c. 1883 Odilon Redon, Vision, c. 1883[/caption]

4. Cactus Man, 1881

[caption id="attachment_1661" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Odilon Redon, Cactus Man, 1881, The Woodner Family Collection Odilon Redon, Cactus Man, 1881, The Woodner Family Collection[/caption]

5. Guardian Spirit of the Waters, 1878

[caption id="attachment_1662" align="aligncenter" width="620"]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[/caption]

6. Boiled perfume, 1885

[caption id="attachment_1663" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Odilon Redon, Boiled perfume, 1885 Odilon Redon, Boiled perfume, 1885[/caption]

7. Crying Spider, 1881

[caption id="attachment_1664" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Odilon Redon, Crying Spider, 1881, Private collection, The Netherlands Odilon Redon, Crying Spider, 1881, Private collection, The Netherlands[/caption]

8. Eye-Balloon, 1878

[caption id="attachment_1665" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Odilon Redon, Eye-Balloon, 1878, Museum of Modern Art, New York Odilon Redon, Eye-Balloon, 1878, Museum of Modern Art, New York[/caption]

9. The Cube, 1880

[caption id="attachment_1666" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Odilon Redon, The Cube, 1880, Private Collection Odilon Redon, The Cube, 1880, Private Collection[/caption]

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

[caption id="attachment_1668" align="aligncenter" width="620"]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[/caption]

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