Next Exhibition

Redon and His World: Beyond Imagination

Jul. 22(Sun), - Dec. 2(Sun), 2018
Closed on Sep. 27(Thu)

French artist Odilon Redon (1840-1916) was born around the same time as the Impressionist artists and active the late 19th century and early 20th century. Because his paintings depicted a fantasy world of mysterious visions and eerie monsters, he was considered an artist apart whose strange works reflected a confrontation with the lurking ‘internal world’ of his mind.
Recent research has shed new light on Redon. Objective analysis of his notes and letters, as well as review of his art in the context of the contemporary trends, reveals profound influence from the culture around him, including popular culture caricatures in magazines and illustrations in natural science journals, as well as historical masterworks and the art of his time.
This exhibition seeks to dismantle the entrenched myth of Redon as a solitary artist painting dream world fantasy, and to show that Redon explored the diversity of values at the time he lived. Further, comparision with the world of illusion depicted by contemporary artists confirms the enduring significance of Redon’s art.


Odilon Redon, The Misshapen Polyp Floated on the Shores, a Sort of Smiling and Hideous Cyclops, Lithograph on paper, 1883, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu


Odilon Redon, Icarus, ca.1890, oil on paper mounted on canvas, Pola museum of Art


Odilon Redon, Flower in a Japanese Vase, 1908, oil on canvas, Pola museum of Art