Odilon Redon (1840 - 1916), 1905
distemper on canvas,
173 cm x 87.5 cm
Credits: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (State of the Netherlands)
Odilon Redon was deeply interested in eastern spirituality. It is not clear whether the mysterious kneeling figure relates to this. We do know that Redon created this picture for use as a fresco-like decorative wall panel. He used matt paint to achieve this effect.
The Red Tree was commissioned from Odilon Redon by Andries Bonger (1861-1936). He was Theo van Gogh’s brother-in-law and an enthusiastic collector of Redon’s work.