Odilon Redon exhibition in Madrid
This spring, FundaciÃ³n Mapfre, Madrid is hosting the first ever retrospective in Spain dedicated to French painter Odilon Redon.
Odilon Redon (Bordeaux 1840 â€“ Paris 1916) was a painter of the imaginary and the subconscious and a renowned naturalist. In 1886 he exhibited works alongside the Impressionists but did not share their aesthetic. Seen as a â€˜marginalâ€™ artist at the time, he nevertheless played a fundamental role in the genesis of modern art.
Following a major retrospective held at the Grand Palais, Paris and MusÃ©e Fabre, Montpellier in 2011, the Madrid exhibition celebrates the artistâ€™s highly original and important oeuvre. The exhibition at FundaciÃ³n Mapfre is not a repetition of the French show. It presents 170 works by Redon, only 60 of which were presented at the Grand Palais and MusÃ©e Fabre. It also includes one late self portrait, loaned from a private collection and never seen before by the public.
The exhibition runs from 11 February â€“ 29 April 2012 at FundaciÃ³n Mapfreâ€˜s Recoletos site in central Madrid. Entry is free.
image credit: Odilon Redon, Yeux clos, 1890 Â© RMN (MusÃ©e dâ€™Orsay) / HervÃ© Lewandowski