Vase with Flowers, 1900

Odilon Redon (1840-1916)

  • Pastel, 60 x 48 cm
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
    (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)

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.

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Surrounded by thoughts

More naturalist pastels with vases of flowers, such as this work, date from the final decades of Redon’s career. During this period the artist studied nature intensively and began to work with brighter colours. Nevertheless, the bouquets in the vases are unearthly in character. This vase with yellow and white flowers seems to be floating in space. The flowers, in Redon’s own words, are ‘surrounded by thoughts’. The artist even gave the title Vision to one of his flower pastels.

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