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Odilon Redon (born Bertrand Redon; French: [ɔdilɔ̃ ʁədɔ̃]; 20 April 1840 – 6 July 1916) was a French Symbolist artist. Early in his career, both before and after fighting in the Franco-Prussian War, Redon worked almost exclusively in charcoal and lithography, works known as his noirs. He gained recognition after his drawings were mentioned in the 1884 novel À rebours (Against Nature) by Joris-Karl Huysmans. During the 1890s, Redon began working in pastel and oil, which quickly became his favorite medium, abandoning his previous style of noirs completely after 1900. He developed a keen interest in Hindu and Buddhist religion and culture, which increasingly showed in his work. Redon is perhaps best known today for the dreamlike paintings created in the first decade of the 20th century, which were inspired by Japanese art and leaned toward abstraction. His work is considered a precursor to Surrealism.
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Redon began his career as a draftsman in charcoal (which he called his 'Noirs'), and lithographer, working almost exclusively with black, but after 1900 he began to explore new motifs, flowers becoming a favored subject, rendered in vivid color in oils and pastel. After 1886, when the term was defined, Redon was considered to be a paragon of Symbolist visual art.
Artist, Etcher, Lithographer, Graphic Artist, Still Life Artist, Painter, Pastelist, Pastellist
Odilon Redon, Bertrand Redon, Odilon Bertrand-Jean Redon, Odilon-Bertrand Redon, o. redon, Redon, Redon O.
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  • MoMA Highlights: 375 Works from The Museum of Modern Art Flexibound, 408 pages
  • MoMA Now: Highlights from The Museum of Modern Art—Ninetieth Anniversary Edition Hardcover, 424 pages
  • Beyond the Visible: The Art of Odilon Redon Exhibition catalogue, Hardcover, 284 pages
  • Odilon Redon - Gustave Moreau - Rodolphe Bresdin Exhibition catalogue, Paperback, pages
  • Odilon Redon - Gustave Moreau - Rodolphe Bresdin Exhibition catalogue, Clothbound, pages
  • Toulouse-Lautrec, Odilon Redon Paperback, pages

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