Closed Eyes, 1890
The Green Death, 1905 - 1910
Inclined Female Head, around 1910
Portrait of Madame Redon with a Yellow Scarf, 1890
Portrait of Marie Botkin, 1900
The Dream, around 1912
Some images from the book Odilon Redon by Jean Selz.
Of all the painters whose secrets are known to us, Odilon was the one who experienced the greatest difficulty - or used the greatest discretion - in explaining his painting. However, he formulated a lucid definition of his art by saying that it consisted of putting "the logic of the visible at the service of the invisible." His work does in fact occupy a place between sight and vision.
How torturous it is to write an artist statement. I'm interested in this comment of Salz's regarding Redon's tremendous difficulty in explaining his own art, because it was an act of great discretion. What do we tell people about our work? Are artist statements even necessary?