Odilon Redon was called "Prince of Dreams" by his contemporaries in the French art world of the late 19th century, because his strange, dreamlike works seemed to have little in common with their Realist and Impressionist paintings.
The Art Institute of Chicago, which has strong holdings in Redon's works, has collaborated in organizing a retrospective now having its premiere and only showing in this country in Chicago.About 180 works are in the exhibition - paintings, pastels, watercolors, charcoals, lithographs, decorative works and designs. They range from the charcoal drawings and lithographs in black and white he called his "noirs," with their curious, haunted themes, to vibrantly colorful pastels and oil paintings.
The exhibition will run through Sept. 18 at the art institute, and will then be shown at:
- The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Oct. 21-Jan. 15, 1995.
- The Royal Academy of Arts, London, Feb. 22-May 21, 1995.