By Jodi Hauptman
Stuck among description and dream, the felt and the imagined, French artist Odilon Redon, whose occupation bridged the 19th and 20th centuries, remodeled the flora and fauna into nightmarish visions and weird fantasies. heavily allied with the Symbolist stream, Redon provided his personal interpretations of literary, biblical and mythological topics; created a universe of wierd hybrid creatures; and awarded panorama in a novel approach: we see grinning disembodied tooth, smiling spiders, melancholic floating faces, winged chariots, strange vegetation, and velvety black or coloured swirls of surroundings. With a up to date present from the Ian Woodner family members, The Museum of recent paintings is now the positioning of the main major physique of the artist's paintings outdoors France, and this publication will exhibit the complete variety of Redon's assorted oeuvre--charcoal "noirs," luminous pastels, richly textured canvases, literary collaborations and experiments in printmaking--and will remove darkness from the carry his specific form of Modernism has had on either twentieth-century and modern artists.
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Redon’s Saint Anthony tasks proportion with their predecessors a priority for non secular values and a fascination with the gruesome, yet additionally they go away from previous conventions in amazing methods. Medieval remedies of the topic often cave in an extended narrative into one body, portraying Anthony as a determine besieged from all instructions and concurrently by way of a dizzying array of eccentric creatures. against this, Redon’s portfolio layout permits him to regard the story’s numerous moments and characters individually, retaining a few experience of its time-based, episodic personality. And while past depictions of Saint Anthony are basically keen on problems with sin and salvation, strong as opposed to evil, Flaubert’s and Redon’s nineteenth-century interpretation, whereas nonetheless rooted in Christian ideology, is total certain up with a extra generalized spirituality, mysticism, and look for which means HAUPTMAN Odilon Redon: an outline ninety one Fig. 7. James Ensor. Tribulations of Saint Anthony. 1887. Oil on canvas. 463⁄8 x sixty six" (117. eight x 167. 6 cm). The Museum of recent paintings, big apple. buy, 1940 or goal in existence. This distinction is mirrored within the plate bearing the existentialist name Anthony: what's the aspect of All This? The satan: there's no aspect! (plate 77), which portrays the satan no longer as a menacing or terrifying demon yet as one other of Redon’s soulful, dolorous visages. As Sigmund Freud wrote of Flaubert’s textual content, “It calls up not just the good difficulties of data, however the genuine riddles of lifestyles . . . [and] our perplexity within the mysteriousness that reigns in all places. ”30 What distinguishes the Temptation of Saint Anthony tasks from Redon’s past lithographic albums is their direct connection to a selected textual content. even though Redon sometimes made booklet illustrations on fee, in particular the lithographs for Edmond Picard’s publication The Juror (1887) and Edward George Bulwer-Lytton’s The Haunted and the Haunters (1897), the pictures in his previous albums—inspired by means of specific authors yet conceived independently—made no particular connection with any section of writing. within the Saint Anthony portfolios, besides the fact that, every one plate corresponds to a selected line or passage from Flaubert’s e-book, and those traces are published as captions slightly below the picture. This brings the works toward conventional notions of representation and permits the viewer to look the literary connection for that means. It additionally provides coherence to a wide team of pictures that would in a different way appear unfathomable. nevertheless, Redon’s photos don't functionality as illustrations within the conventional feel; his shadowy variety is intentionally ambiguous and his choice of passages is person. to the contrary, what they let us know so much approximately is Redon, and what sort of phrases or pictures appealed to his mind's eye. certainly, by means of incorporating such a lot of of his personal verified subject matters, Redon successfully fused, even usurped, Flaubert’s mind's eye into his personal. ninety two FIGURA This contradictory dating to representation displays Redon’s ambivalence approximately his connection to literature and to the literary avant-garde.