Bouquet of Flowers

Odilon Redon French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 813

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.

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Bouquet of Flowers, Odilon Redon (French, Bordeaux 1840–1916 Paris), Pastel on paper

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