Other examples of late 19th century "symbolist" art are shown for comparison, by the likes of Gauguin and Odilon Redon
. Munch's symbols are the starkest and most universal.
When the novelist and critic Joris-Karl Huysmans concluded in 1883 that the work of Odilon Redon
was 'difficult to define', he made a more precise assessment than such expressions of critical reserve usually permit.
Included in the gift, as the museum would soon learn, were a total of seventy-three works: etchings by Eugene Delacroix, Edouard Manet, and Charles Meryon; a lithograph by Edvard Munch and another by Odilon Redon
; a Felix Vallotton woodcut; ten exquisite Eugene Atget photographs; and drawings or sketches by Balthus, Glen Baxter, Pierre Bonnard, George Booth, Charles Burchfield, Edward Lear, James Thurber, Bill Traylor, and Edouard Vuillard.
In the exhibition, the spiritual traditions ranged from established religions to esoteric groups: Maurice Denis and Charles-Marie Dulac were Catholics, Odilon Redon
and the Nabis were interested in Buddhism, Mondrian and Lawren Harris were Theosophists, and Hilma af Klint a medium.
Henri Rousseau, Odilon Redon
, Maggie Hambling, Georgia O'Keefe, Berthe Morisot, Paula Rego, Gwen John, Frida Kahlo, David Hockney all spring to mind but I think I will always adore John Piper.
There is always this welcome niche, in periods of societal transition, for the ode to pleasure, to abundance, to gazing at comfort, and in this, Alegre is not without forebears: Franz Marc in the days before the Great European conflict; Paul Gaugin at the crux of the Industrial Age: Fernando Amorsolo in the gap between Philippine colonization and independence; Odilon Redon
and Gustav Klimt in the twilight before modernity would grip us in its carbon-gasping chokehold.
Kafka and Odilon Redon
have supplanted bird and plumb branch, but there do seem vestigial Chinese elements.
Share the Art Print with students, explaining that the artist, Odilon Redon
, was but one of many artists since antiquity to use the ethereal insects as inspiration and subject matter.