Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Artist of the Week and ABC Wednesday

R is for Redon

Bertrand-Jean Redon, better known as Odilon Redon (April 20, 1840 – July 6, 1916) was a French Symbolist painter, printmaker, draughtsman and pastellist.

"A title is justified only when it is vague and even aims confusedly at the elliptical. My drawings inspire, and are not to be defined. They determine nothing. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined. They are a kind of metaphor..."

pastel over charcoal; private collection

The Golden Cell
Oil and gold metallic paint on paper prepared with white ground;The British Museum 
"The value of art lies in its power to increase our moral force or establish its heightening influence."

The Boat, aka with Carona


"While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality... true art lies in a reality that is felt."

c. 1900-05 
 Pastel on paper mounted on board, The Woodner Collection 

"I have often, as an exercise and as a sustenance, painted before an object down to the smallest accidents of its visual appearance. But the day left me sad and with an unsatiated thirst. The next day I let the other source run, that of imagination through the recollection of the forms and I was then reassured and appeased."  ~ Redon
 Flower Clouds
Pastel; The Art Institute of Chicago
"What distinguishes the artist from the dilettante? Only the pain the artist feels. The dilettante looks only for pleasure in art."

Le Bouddha (The Buddha)
c. 1905 
Pastel on paper; Musee d'Orsay, Paris 

"I await joyous surprises while working, an awakening of the materials that I work with and that my spirit develops."

Red Boat with Blue Sail
Oil on canvas,  Private collection 
Silence (Le silence)  
Profile and Flowers 
Pastel on paper, McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX 
"I have a feeling only for shadows."
The Red Sphinx
c. 1912 
Oil on canvas,Private collection 

Anemonies In A Blue Vase

If you'd like you can also check out The Pagan's Eye, my blog of original photos. This week, there are several photos shot in rural Southern Vermont. I snapped a moment of Austrian old world charm we came upon while taking a Sunday drive and explored the history of the Green River Bridge and Timber Crib Dam, which was our destination.

 Peace to everyone out there in the world!

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  1. Great post for the R Day, Gina! Enjoyed reading about Redon and I do love his watercolors! Always learn something, discover something when I visit your site and that's always the best! Hope your week is going well!


  2. Thanks for the tour.. Enjoyed Cat Stevens also

  3. I like the later stuff better, esp the turn of the century material.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  4. those art are great...i for once dream to learn how to paint...i love to learn new things but as time goes by and living becomes more priority for everyone i set aside those dreams to fulfill the other things first.bytheway,thank you for your vote at my photo entry....that really counts...GODBLESS YOU!

  5. Very interesting! I had never seen any paintings of Redon. He is so different from his contemporaries. He is also an impressionist, isn't he?
    The paintings are exquisite and beautiful. Thank you for sharing and giving us a glimpse of his life.

  6. I'm ignorant about Redon and now realise that I shouldn't be! Where have I been? These are brilliant. I particularly like The Buddha.

  7. Thank you, Sylvia! I appreciate your enthusiasm and open mind!

    Gattina: with all due respect, I must say that I almost didn't publish your comment, as it sounds very unfriendly, perhaps? If you don't Redon, who happens to be one of my all-time favorite artists, then perhaps you could just skip the comment. Unless, of course, you have something significant to add to the discussion. Thank you.

  8. Redon definitely has a unique style. He himself describes it well: the ambiguous realm of the undetermined. I have a print of the buddha. A good R post.

  9. Thank you Roger, Singing Bear, Francisca, Jams, Reader Wil, Coffeeveggie and Joe Todd for taking the time to comment.

    Sometimes, for me, art is better if I try to feel it, rather than to over-think it. Does that make sense?

    Peace and love,

  10. These are so beautiful and so new to me they've taken my breath away. For the first time ever, I've taken a copy of one of the images you've collected so I can gaze at it again at leisure - the Buddha.

    You wouldn't believe ignorant I am about art history :-)

  11. These are gorgeous. I love this painter's work, and approach to work. He's influenced my work a little over the years. I particularly like the two with boats in them - and the Buddha. This man understood orange and blue better than almost anyone else.

    His paintings always remind me of pastel drawings. I saw several in Chicago and wanted to touch them more than I do almost anyone else's pieces.


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