|Crying Spider, 1998|
Born yesterday (born April 20, 1840* - July 6, 1916), Redon does not get the credit that he is due for exploring the dark side of the unconscious a long time before the Surrealists were born as well as creating some of the most beautiful works in European art. Of his own work Redon wrote, "My drawings inspire and are not to be defined. They place us,as music does, in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined." Goldwater, Robert; Treves, Marco (1945). Artists on Art. Pantheon.
"In the prints and drawings he made beginning in the 1860's, Redon created macabre and cryptic images inspired in some cases by the writings of Poe and Baudelaire, in others by the paintings of Goya. His renditions of flowers sprouting skulls and of skeletons with antlers, and his references to Hindu symbols for death and to mythical creatures like Pegasus and the Sphinx, prompted the Parisian critics to label him as a purveyor of ''le fantastique reel,'' ''that desolate region which exists on the borders of the real and the fantastic - a realm populated by formidable phantoms, monsters, monads and other creatures born of human perversity,'' explained the critic Emile Hennequin in an 1882 review of Redon's lithographs." (NYTimes)
--> In the early 1900's, he painted some of the most beautiful flower still lifes in European painting, moving his visionary art from the darker side of the human psyche into the light.
|Opelia among the flowers|
|Arbres sur un fond jaune, one of the panels painted in 1901 for the dining room of the Château de Domecy-sur-le-Vault|
In 1899, his commissions from Baron de Domecy to create decorative panels for the dining room of his chateau marked Redon's transition from ornamental to abstract painting and increased his popularity. Although he remained a very private person, he received the Legion of Honor in 1903 and his increased popularity led to greater financial security by the end of his life.
April 22 according to another source.