Odilon Redon (1840–1916): Bouquet of Flowers ca. 1905

5/24/2021, 9:17:26 AM
Odilon Redon (1840–1916): Bouquet of Flowers ca. 1905, Pastel on paper, 80.3 x 64.1 cm(31 5/8 x 25 1/4 in.), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City . As a young man, Redon was fascinated with Darwinian biology and enjoyed a close friendship with Armand Clavaud, the curator of the botanical gardens in his hometown of Bordeaux. In late floral still lifes such as this one, the artist demonstrated a naturalist’s sense of wonder as well as a richly inventive imagination, combining many different types of blooms and foliage in an effervescent display, attended by fluttering butterflies. The vase, which appears in a number of Redon's flower pictures, was made and presented to him by the ceramicist Marie Botkin around 1900. (Met)

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