Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Redon, Odilon

c. 1900-05
Pastel on paper mounted on board
50.5 x 67.3 cm (19.7/8 x 26.1/2 in)
The Woodner Collection
"A collector requires only two basic qualities, taste and boldness: The ability to see a good work and the willingness to buy it on his own judgment alone." (Mr. Woodner : Real estate developer)

Bertrand-Jean Redon, better known as Odilon Redon (1840 – 1916) was a French symbolist painter and pastellist.
His aim was to represent pictorially the ghosts of his own mind. His work represents an exploration of his internal feelings and psyche. He himself wanted to place the visible at the service of the invisible. "My drawings inspire, and are not to be defined. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined."

The depiction of Ophelia seems not at all tragic, but rather an idyllic scene of a naked bather in a limpid pool of flowers. The design and color scheme is masterly and original, being merely suggestive of the tragedy of death after rejection and madness.