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Odilon Redon (French, 1840–1916), Landscape, oil on paper laid onto board, 1870–75. 8 3/4 x 11 1/4 in. Gallery 33
Though often considered a precursor to the Surrealists for his strange subjects of disembodied eyes, human-headed plants, and amoeba-like creatures, early in his career Odilon Redon made small landscape oils of his native region near Bordeaux in southwest France. This subject matter was influenced by the strong personal connection he had always felt to the place where he grew up. His wife proclaimed the locale “deadly sad,” adding, “one must be Odilon Redon to take pleasure in it.” Redon’s love for the country is reflected in enchanting paintings such as this one, in which time seems suspended and a strong geometry unites architecture and landscape under a luminous sky.
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