The Egg. 1885. Lithograph. 438 x 314 mm. Art Institute of Chicago
Odilon Redon was a French painter and printmaker associated with the Post-impressionist and symbolist movements. Redon’s passion for drawing translated beautifully into his prints. Redon produced a large portfolio of etchings, lithographs and illustrated books. Redon’s graphic works are often described as imaginary, luminous and ambiguous or undefined.
The Old Woman: What are you afriad of? A wide black hole! 1896. Lithograph. Fitzwilliam Museum, UK.
Redon’s early work consisted on charcoal drawings and a portfolio of lithographs titled “Dans le Rêve” (in the dream). Redon’s reputation quickly grew as he started to exhibit with the Nabis in Paris, creating pastels and oil paintings in addition to his graphic work.
The Chimeras. 1889. Illustrated book/ lithograph. Museum of Modern Art, NY.
Self-Portrait of Redon. 1880 Musee d’Orsay. Oil painting
Parsifal. Etching. Hirshhorn Museum
In 1913, a catalog of Redon’s etchings and lithographs was published by Andre Mellerio, cementing Redon’s role in the graphic arts and earning the artist the Legion of Honor. Redon continued to exhibit at the New York Armory, bringing Redon international acclaim.
Redon’s etchings and lithographs are often cited as some of the most important fine art prints of the 19th century. Redon’s influences include eastern religions such as Buddhism and Hindu as well as Japanese ukiyo-e prints. Redon’s paintings, prints and drawings are in esteemed collections including the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Getty in Los Angeles.