About the Artist
A versatile artist, French symbolist Odilon Redon worked for the early part of his career in sculpture, etching, charcoal, and lithography, creating mysterious, dreamlike, occasionally haunting works in black and white that toy with shadow and the imagination. Around the turn of the century he switched to vibrant oils and pastels, emphasizing light, bright imagery. Color became another means of expression. His subjects still included the mythical, fantastical, and spiritual, but the previous haunting tension disappeared. Redon was in his sixties by the time the artistic community embraced his work. Late in life he reflected upon his shift from dark to light, writing, “If the art of an artist is the song of his life, a grave or sad melody, I must have sounded the note of gaiety in colour.”
This note card set features reproductions of four floral still lifes from French artist Odilon Redon, including Flowers in a Vase (c. 1910), a detail from Pansies (c. 1905), Large Vase with Flowers (c. 1912), and Wildflowers (c. 1905). A contemporary of the impressionists, Redon had an eye for nature, but his blooms could be inventive, sometimes for the sake of pattern and shape. He set his flowers in abstract environments and bouquets of loosely defined leaves and velvety petals that convey mood through tone.
- 20 blank note cards (5 of each subject) with envelopes in a decorative box
- 5 x 7 inches