Odilon Redon is a genre-breaking artist. A contemporary of the Impressionists, his oeuvre found its source not in reality but in his own dreams. His work has two sides, which appear to be almost opposite ends: one is daunting and grim, the other one, colourful and lively, they nevertheless merge into a kind of Symbolist magic. Odilon Redon (1840-1916) is without doubt one of the artists who was the most ahead of his time. Indifferent to Naturalism and Impressionism, he drew inspiration from his imagination and his dreams. Affected by infantile fears, the first part of his oeuvre is characterized by his Noirs, charcoal works which gave way to his famous monochrome lithographs. At the end of the 19th century, his work changed radically: his fear evolved and the colors burst out on the canvas. He painted numerous still lifes and turned towards decorative art. The magic, which emanates from his life’s work places him within the Symbolist movement yet hails him as the precursor to Surrealism.The colours used are mostly yellow, grey, brown and light blue.
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