Odilon Redon was born in Bordeaux, France in 1840. He gained a lot of inspiration from the estate he grew up on, which provided subjects from nature and a catalyst for fantasy. Other influences include works by Rembrandt, Corot, and especially to Delacroix.
After serving in the Franco-Prussian War, he settled in Paris and began to focus on his artistic development. He created many highly original charcoal drawings, he called his Noirs. Odilon Redon also created many lithographs during the 1880s and 1890s. Redon’s reputation until 1890 was based solely on his work in black and white, but he had been using color in landscape studies that were not exhibited at this point. These works often repeated or developed the subjects of the Noirs.
In 1899 Odilon Redon exhibited works with Nabis artists. These works influenced young painters at the time such as Bonnard and Vuillard. A large selection of his works was shown at the Salon d’Automne in 1904. Odilon Redon’s work contributed to the advent of Fauvism.
Odilon Redon died on July 6, 1916. In 2005 the Museum of Modern Art launched an exhibition entitled “Beyond The Visible”, a comprehensive overview of Redon’s work showcasing more than 100 paintings, drawings, prints and books.