Odilon Redon

Odilon Redon (1840–1916) was a French symbolist painter, printmaker, draughtsman and pastellist and was passionate about art from a young age. Following his fathers wishes he took up architecture, but after failing exams he continued with his love of drawing. His interest in Hindu and Buddhist religion blended with a passion for Japonism influenced the astounding drawings we see today. During his early years as an artist, Redon's works were described as "a synthesis of nightmares and dreams", as they contained dark, fantastical figures from the artist's own imagination.[16] His work represents an exploration of his internal feelings and psyche.