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Redon, Bertrand-Jean (Odilon)

Born: 1840 AD
Died: 1916 AD, at 76 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Painters


1840 - Born on April 22nd in Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France. French lithographer and charcoal artist.

1870 - Served the French Army during the Franco-Prussian War.

1879 - His albums of lithographs, such as Dans le rêve (In the Dream) and La nuit (Night), show a dramatic range from deep blacks to vivid whites.

1884 - Rose to prominence as a result of praise of his art by Joris-Karl Huysmans in his classic decadent text À Rebours (trans. Against Nature); his lithographs also accompanied translations of Edgar Allan Poe, and most notably an edition of Gustave Flaubert's La Tentation de Saint Antoine.

1890 - He turned to oils and pastels.

1903 - Received the French Legion of Honor.

         - His brilliantly colored flowers, landscapes, and literary subjects have a romantic, dreamlike quality, as, for example, Vase of Flowers (Museum of Modern Art, New York City) and Orpheus (Cleveland Museum of Art).

1916 - Died on July 6th in Paris, France.


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