Odilon Redon’s Buddha in His Youth, painted in 1904, is a startlingly evocative canvas reminiscent of both Redon’s contemporary Gustav Klimt and the Surrealist movement that would follow some two decades later. Born in Bordeaux, Redon served in the Franco-Prussian war as a young man, remaining in Paris to paint unconventional charcoal drawings and lithographs in black and white. An enigmatic and truly idiosyncratic talent, the artist spent his talent sketching imagined reproductions of characters from Edgar Allen Poe’s writings, rendered as insect-like, mutable creatures. Remaining unknown until his drawings were used to illustrate J.K. Huysmans's novel A Rebours in 1884, Redon became associated with the Decadent movement that fused late-Romanticist imagery with a collaborative approach to art and literature. Turning to painting in the 1890s, Redon finally began to experiment with color, unleashing his powers for buoyant pallets and colorscapes that had lain dormant in his time working in black and white.
Some twenty years after Buddha in His Youth, Redon became a key influence for the Surrealist movement, led by the artist Andre Breton. One can see within the canvas a flowing, loose approach to form, using an ephemeral array of misty shades that appears to synchronise the foliage that surrounds the Buddha and the color used to depict him as mutually dependent living organisms. Finally released from his self-imposed exile in spiralling gothic sketches, Redon appeared to relish in the spiritual presence of the external world, summed up by this painting in the figurative reproduction of the Buddha. The supernatural elements appear not as the embellished grandeur of Klimt’s Byzantine-influenced canvases but as a subtle evocation of the transcendental qualities inherent in nature itself.
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