Vase of Flowers (Pink Background)

Odilon Redon French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 813

Having worked almost exclusively in black and white for more than two decades, Redon revealed his gifts as a colorist in the luminous pastels and paintings he made after 1895. In this bouquet, such identifiable flowers as poppies and cornflowers, which he had studied attentively, emerge as fanciful re-creations, in jewel-like patches of color against a misty, undefined field. Late flower pictures such as this one remain true to Redon’s artistic aim: "to place the logic of the visible at the service of the invisible."

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Vase of Flowers (Pink Background), Odilon Redon (French, Bordeaux 1840–1916 Paris), Oil on canvas

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