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Redon

Copertina rigida8.3 x 10.2 in.1.25 lb96 pagine20
With his dream-like imagery, sumptuous textures, and suggestive use of color, Symbolist star Odilon Redon sought to create a pictorial equivalent to his own psyche. Whether in his somber early works or lighter later canvases, he was above all an artist of states of mind, with considerable influence on Post-Impressionism.
Redon

Redon

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Symbols and Shadows

States of mind in pastel, charcoal and oil

A major Symbolist artist, Odilon Redon (1840–1916) was also a painter of scenic and emotional extremes. Until around 1890, he was renowned for work in black and white only. These “Noirs” in charcoal drawing or lithograph were composed not only of a sombre palette, but also by fantastic, frightening figures. Gradually, the artist began to introduce colored pastel, and with it, new and lighter motifs. Flowers became a recurring preoccupation. Where symbols of melancholy once stood, horses and fluttering butterflies entered the scene.

While this latter-day lyricism and harmony contrasted sharply with Redon’s earlier mood of melancholy, his guiding principle remained to “place the visible at the service of the invisible”. With his dream-like imagery, sumptuous textures, and suggestive use of color, Redon sought to create a pictorial equivalent to his own psyche. From foreboding to lightness, he was above all an artist of states of mind, with considerable influence on later Post-Impressionism.
L'autore

Michael Gibson was an art critic, art historian, anthropologist, writer, and philosopher. He wrote on art for numerous publications like The New York Times and Connaissance des Arts. Gibson was editor-in-chief of UNESCO’s World Heritage review. His many books include Redon and Symbolism, both published by TASCHEN.

Redon
Copertina rigida21 x 26 cm0.56 kg96 pagine
Nata nel 1985, la serie Basic Art è diventata la collezione di libri d’arte più venduta al mondo. Ogni libro della serie Basic Art di TASCHEN contiene: una cronologia dettagliata riassuntiva della vita e delle opere dell’artista, inserito nel contesto storico e culturale in cui è vissuto una biografia concisa circa 100 illustrazioni con didascalie esplicative