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Odilon Redon

Trees on a Yellow Background

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 Trees. Download

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In 1900, Redon was 60 years old. The painter and engraver had spent much of his live working on small canvasses and paper, but a new commission by the Baron Robert de Domecy called him to scale up his work. Redon would complete 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.”

Reed Enger, "Trees on a Yellow Background," in Obelisk Art History, Published June 03, 2015; last modified May 19, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/odilon-redon/trees-on-a-yellow-background/.

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