Introduction by Alexandra Strauss.
Odilon Redon – painter, 'interpreter' and lithographer, is one of the greatest artists of the late 19th century. A true visionary, his body of work composes a mysterious and dream-like world that explores the invisible and the depths of the unconscious. Odilon Redon translated into drawing the atmosphere and very soul of texts by his century’s leading authors: Baudelaire, Poe, Mallarmé and Flaubert. Often described as a 'literary painter,' he preferred the term 'interpreter' to 'illustrator' – which he considered 'defective' – and contributed to a true renewal of pictorial art, from both a graphic and a technical point of view.
While he was renowned for his 'Noirs' (predominantly black images) and his lithographs, his work with color – which he opened up to in the latter half of his life – is no less dazzling, and bears witness to this key symbolist artist’s singular path.