About the artist
Redon dedicated the early part of his career, before and after his time as a soldier in the Franco-Prussian War, to charcoal and lithography, producing works known as his "noirs". His reputation grew when his artwork was referenced in Joris-Karl Huysmans' 1884 novel, "À rebours" (Against Nature). In the 1890s, Redon shifted his artistic focus to pastel and oil, which soon became his preferred mediums, completely leaving behind his earlier noir style after 1900.
Redon's work started to reflect his growing fascination with Hindu and Buddhist cultures and religions. Known today mostly for his dreamlike paintings from the early 20th century, Redon's work, influenced by Japanese art and leaning towards abstraction, is considered a forerunner to Surrealism.
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