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Trees on a Yellow Background

Odilon Redon, 1901
Trees on a Yellow Background, Odilon Redon
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Trees on a Yellow Background is an Art Nouveau Oil on Canvas, Tempera, Pastel and Charcoal Painting created by Odilon Redon in 1901. It lives at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Woods, Forests, & Trees. Download

In 1900, Redon turned sixty. The painter and engraver had spent much of his life working on small canvases and paper, but a commission from the Baron Robert de Domecy called for him to scale up his work. Redon completed 15 panels for Domecy’s château in Yonne. In a letter to his friend Albert Bonger he described the work: “I am covering the walls of a dining room with flowers, flowers of dreams, fauna of the imagination; all in large panels, treated with a bit of everything, distemper, “aoline", oil, even with pastel which is giving good results at the moment, a giant pastel.”

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