Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday Feature: Odilon Redon

Mystery by Odilon Redon
One of my favorite symbolist artists is Redon.  The soft and colorful texture of his pastels give his work an ethereal quality.  Some of his thoughts...

Any documents of emotion and passion, of sensitivity or even of thought left on marble, on canvas or in a book, are sacred. There is our true inheritance, our most precious one. And with what nobility it clothes us, poor and precarious creatures that we are: the slightest chronicle, the most precious date, a simple human fact, could they ever tell what the marvels of a cathedral reveal, the smallest shred of stone from its walls! Touched by man, it is steeped in the spirit of the time. Thus every age leaves behind its spiritual age. It is by art that the moral and thinking life of humanity can be felt again and recovered.
-Odilon Redon
Head of a Woman by Odilon Redon

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