Drawings by Odilon Redon (1840-1916)


Odilon RedonMale bust with eyes closed, surrounded by flowers© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / DR
Thanks to the donation in 1984 by Arï Redon, Odilon Redon’s son, the Musée d'Orsay has a beautiful collection of the artist’s drawings. As with all drawings, these cannot be on permanent display because of their fragile nature, so this display offers the visitor a chance to admire works from his “black period”, charcoal drawings from the 1870s and 1880s, which occupy a fundamental place in the history of European symbolism.

The four great Redon albums, fully restored in 2006, are also exhibited here, as are the studio drawings, which give a better understanding of the complex relationship between Naturalism and Symbolism.



Marie-Pierre Salé, curator. Musée d'Orsay.

16 October 2007 - 6 January 2008
Musée d'Orsay

Graphic Arts gallery

Admission with the museum ticket

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