Early in his career, Odilon Redon (French, 1840–1916) mastered dark, haunting drawings and lithographs that he called noirs. These monochromatic works reflected his fantastical, sometimes macabre, inner vision. In the 1890s he began working with vibrant pastels and oils in portraits and sensitive still lifes.
In this new vein, symbolist Redon explored the expressive and suggestive power of color. Still originating from the deep well of his imagination, the effervescent flowers and their ethereal backgrounds illuminate his fanciful sense of wonder at the natural world. The velvety leaves and petals in his bouquets convey mood through tone.
His late-period flower studies earned Redon recognition in the art world and were represented at the Armory Show of 1913. They also reflect his lifelong artistic aim: “to place the logic of the visible at the service of the invisible.” Calendars are printed with soy-based inks on FSC® certified paper. Measures 12 x 13 in.