Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Artist's Eye

French artist Olidon Redon (1840-1916) is one of my favorites. His best pieces, some wonderful pastels at Musee D'Orsay, really just don't photograph well, which I suspect is probably part of the reason he's not as popular as he should be. A Symbolist, a precursor to Surrealism, Redon pulls from reality and dreams to establish his own unique aesthetic. As described in MoMA's Beyond the Visible catalogue, "Redon created a universe of strange hybrid creatures, offered his own interpretations of literary, biblical, and mythological subjects, and presented flowers in a singular way." His keen eye for color, his creative interpretation of nature, and his allusions to classical literature make viewing his work a visual and intellectual delight.

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