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Odilon Redon

Odilon RedonAKA Bertrand-Jean Redon

Born: 22-Apr-1840
Birthplace: Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France
Died: 6-Jul-1916
Location of death: Paris, France
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Artist

Nationality: France
Executive summary: Symbolist charcoal artist

Military service: French Army (Franco-Prussian War, 1870)

French lithographer and charcoal artist. Rose to prominence as a result of praise of his art by Joris-Karl Huysmans in his classic decadent text Rebours (1884, trans. Against Nature); his lithographs also accompanied translations of Edgar Allan Poe, and most notably an edition of Gustave Flaubert's La Tentation de Saint Antoine. The bulk of Redon's artwork is terribly dark, using layer upon layer of charcoal and black chalk to shroud his (often clumsy) occult figures in clumps of dense shadow. From the 1890s on he abandoned his charcoals to focus on oil painting.

Father: Bertrand Redon
Mother: Marie Guerin

    French Legion of Honor 1903
    Armory Show

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