Monday, April 4, 2011

Redon, Odilon

Le Bouddha (The Buddha)
c. 1905
Pastel on paper
98 x 73 cm (35 1/2 x 28 3/4 in)
Musee d'Orsay, Paris

Redon, Odilon (1840-1916).
French painter and graphic artist, one of the outstanding figures of Symbolism.
He remained virtually unknown to the public until the publication of J.K. Huysmans's celebrated novel A Rebours in 1884; the book's hero, a disenchanted aristocrat who lives in a private world of perverse delights, collects Redon's drawings, and with his mention in this classic expression of decadence, Redon too became associated with the movement.