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Odilon Redon Art Quotes

"My drawings inspire and are not to be defined. They determine nothing. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous world of the undetermined. They are a kind of metaphor." -- Odilon Redon

"I have placed there a little door opening on to the mysterious. I have made stories." -- Odilon Redon

 "While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality... true art lies in a reality that is felt." -- Odilon Redon

 "A painter is not intellectual when having painted a nude woman, he leaves in our minds the idea that she is going to get dressed again right away." -- Odilon Redon

 "While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality... true art lies in a reality that is felt." -- Odilon Redon

 "What distuingishes the artist from the dilettante? Only the pain the artist feels. The dilettante looks only for pleasure in art." -- Odilon Redon

 "The value of art lies in its power to increase our moral force or establish its heightening influence." -- Odilon Redon "The fundamental grey which differentiates the masters, expresses them and is the soul of all colour." -- Odilon Redon.

Important Symbolist Painters 

Odilon Redon 1840-1916

Charles Guilloux French1866 - 1946

Edvard Munch Norwegian, 1863-1944

Gustave Moreau French  1826-1898

Alphonse Osbert French 1857 – 1939

 The Symbolists Image Gallery


 Inportant Words and Phrases Associated With Symbolist Painting -  emotional effects, emotional experience, avant-garde, nineteenth-century, Les Fleurs du mal, Charles Baudelaire, Edgar Allan Poe, psychological depths, symbolic colors, exaggerated imagery, human psyche, exaggeration, primitivism, transparent colors, self-expression, expression intensity,  psychological, symbolic themes, universal subject matter, industrial modern age, individual genius, sense of otherness, otherworldly

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