Friday, January 02, 2009

Orpheus

One of my wife's favourite artists is Odilon Redon (1840-1916), a French artist of the Symbolism genre, of which Boecklin and Klimt are probably the best known other representatives. The Symbolist painters mined mythology and dream imagery for a visual language of the soul, seeking evocative paintings that brought to mind a static world of silence. A good example is the pastel posted above from 1903, in which Redon was inspired by the Greek legend of Orpheus. More on Redon in the wikipedia article linked to below.