Odilon Redon: La Voile grise (1900-05)

Odilon Redon (1840-1916), La Voile grise signed ´ODILON REDON’ (lower right) oil on canvas 13 7/8 x 15 1/8 in. Painted circa 1900-05, Image Source: Christie’s

When, in 1893, Redon began to use colour, the nightmarish and macabre visions that had previously predominated in the drawings he called his Noirs gave way to a brighter vision of the world.
La Voile grise is thus emblematic of Redon’s lyrical seascapes in which he depicted small stranded boats, a theme he would later return to in dozens of paintings and pastelsAs indicated by the sky shot through by a rainbow of dazzling multicoloured stripes, Redon shares with Mallarmé and the Symbolist poets the idea that Art should not describe the subject itself but rather the effect the subject produces. “He knew how to suggest an ambiance without spelling it out,” notes John Rewald, “how to indicate things without defining them, while at the same time creating a profound but indescribable impression, like that brought about by music”, (J. Rewald, Post-Impressionism, from Van Gogh to Gauguin, New York, 1956, p. 162).


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11 Comments Add yours

  1. I love Redon. Such a fabulous artist.

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    1. Agree!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Aletha. 🙂🎄

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  3. Beautiful! At first I thought this was a drawing in pastel. The artist has such a deft touch. Happy Holidays!

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    1. I was surprised it wasn’t pastel, too. Have a wonderful holiday, Kelly! 🙂🎄🎉


      1. Interesting work. Tha ks for the post.

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      2. My pleasure! Thanks for visiting, Vivienne. 🙂


  4. Sunny, Merry Christmas! Thank you for blessing my life with beauty!❤️🎄🙏🎅🏻🤶

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    1. Your kindness makes me smile this evening, Merry Christmas, dear Sister Renee! ❤️❤️❤️🙂🙏

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      1. ❤️ Love to you, Sunny.

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