Redon and his Contemporaries: Dreams of the Fin-de-Siecle

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Redon and his Contemporaries: Dreams of the Fin-de-Siecle

Bertrand-Jean 'Odilon' Redon's world was one of dark, ambiguous fantasies. Working in the late 19th century, the French painter and lithographer ignored the prevailing trend of impressionism by looking not to nature but his own dreams for inspiration. This exhibition charts the progression of Redon's art, from his almost exclusively charcoal and lithograph-based works to his embrace of colourful oils and pastels in the 1890s, with a final section devoted to his use of symbolism and the artists he inspired. The show will also mark the first public viewing in Japan of 'Grand Bouquet' (1901), an expansive pastel work that had until recently been languishing in a French chateau.