Monday, January 23, 2017

Mysterious Boats

Odilon Redon (1840 - 1916) 
oil on canvas, 
watercolor on paper, 
pastel & charcoal on paper

The theme of the boat runs through Redon’s life’s work from its very beginnings to its end.  The first painting shown above is a very early example and the last is from among his last.  Some of them are blatantly symbolic, even religious, as one may expect from an exemplar of Symbolism, but others are more truly mysterious and awe inspiring in color, composition and his handling of pigments. The boat, in its fleeting yet enduring nature, along with the flower, was the ideal subject for this diligent explorer of the outer reaches of consciousness. Of course he had the technical skills to make the invisible palpably seen.

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