Vase with Flowers, 1900
Odilon Redon (1840-1916)
This pastel comes from the collection assembled by Theo van Gogh’s brother-in-law, Andries Bonger, who also owned Redons Vièrge nimbée. Bonger, who had been introduced to Redon through Emile Bernard, was totally captivated by the symbolist artist. Every figure and object in Redon’s work has a meaning. Even flowers are not ‘simply’ represented, as they are in flower still lifes painted by Redon’s contemporary Adolphe Monticelli. His early work in particular features strange plants and flowers, sometimes with human characteristics.