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
2. The Cyclops, 1898
Odilon Redon, The Cyclops, 1898, Kröller-Müller Museum
3. Vision, 1883
Odilon Redon, Vision, c. 1883
4. Cactus Man, 1881
Odilon Redon, Cactus Man, 1881, The Woodner Family Collection
5. Guardian Spirit of the Waters, 1878
Odilon Redon, Guardian Spirit of the Waters”, 1878, Art Institute of Chicago
6. Boiled perfume, 1885
Odilon Redon, Boiled perfume, 1885
7. Crying Spider, 1881
Odilon Redon, Crying Spider, 1881, Private collection, The Netherlands
8. Eye-Balloon, 1878
Odilon Redon, Eye-Balloon, 1878, Museum of Modern Art, New York
9. The Cube, 1880
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
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