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ODILON REDON PASTELS by ROSELINE BACOU, 70 colour illus,.1st ed. - $80 (Jarvis Street & Front Street E., Toronto)

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ODILON REDON PASTELS by ROSELINE BACOU, 70 colour illustrations, 1st EDITION BOOK, George Braziller Inc., 188 pgs., 1987, 9 3/4"5 W x 13 L x 1 D in fine condition with a few small tears on dust jacket. Bound in plum cloth, gilt titles, & with illustrations beautifully reproduced on heavy coated paper. Redon, famous for the enigmatic images of his lithographs and paintings, also excelled in the art of pastels. Bacou presents us with a handsome collection of those pastels and in an essay discusses how the artist gradually abandoned the dark mystery of charcoal for the richness of color obtainable with pastels. Bacou includes Redon's own comments on his pastels, including his essay "Confessions of an Artist." Redon's essay, Bacou's scholarly commentary, and the 70 color plates combine to enlarge our appreciation for Redon's visual meditations on beauty. Art historians and collectors will appreciate the high quality of this lavish volume. Bertrand-Jean Redon, better known as Odilon Redon (April 20, 1840 -- July 6, 1916) was a French Symbolist painter, printmaker, draughtsman, and pastellist."My drawings inspire, and are not to be defined. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined." Redon's work represent an exploration of his internal feelings and psyche. He himself wanted to "place the visible at the service of the invisible"; thus, although his work seems filled with strange beings and grotesque dichotomies, his aim was to represent pictorially the ghosts of his own mind. In the 1890s, pastel and oils became his favored media, and he produced no more noirs after 1900. In 1903 he was awarded the Legion of Honor. In 1913 he was given the largest single representation at the New York Armory Show.
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