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Odilon Redon (1840-1916)
Odilon Redon is a native of Bordeaux. In 1875 he entered the shadowy world of charcoal and the lithographer's stone. The overall effect, imbued with a melancholy passivity, stood outside of trends and movements, as nocturnal, autumnal, and lunar. In the 1890s, commanded by his dreams, he began to use the luminous, musical tones of pastel and oils. The thematic content of his work then became densely mythical, brimming with newfound hope and light.
Woman with Wildflowers
Flowers in a Chinese Vase
Chariot of Apollo
Ophelia among the Flowers
Geraniums
Cathedral
Vase with Flowers

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Woman with Wildflowers
Pastel and charcoal. 52x37.5 cm
France. Circa 1890/1900
State Hermitage Museum.

The iconography of this Hermitage pastel is similar to that of the works in a black-and-white manner that was typical of Redon before 1890. The enigmatic and tragic image of the woman was the result of the mystic and symbolic conception of Redon. In style this work has much in common with the pastels produced in the 1890s to the early 1900s. However, its colouring enables us to attribute it to the mid- or late 1890s. It was in this period that the artist was keen on experiments with colours. He stopped working in the black-and-white manner and started to combine drawing in charcoal with golden-yellow, green and blue pastel.
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