Odilon Redon is a French pastellist born in April 20 1840. His works often represent his internal feelings and thoughts. He himself wanted to "place the visible at the service of the invisible"; thus, although his work seems filled with strange beings and grotesque dichotomies, his aim was to represent pictorially the ghosts of his own mind.Redon believed that art cannot be analyzed or subject to systems, but required three fundamentals: tradition, or the “the entire thinking and life of humanity”; nature “outside of which our ambition to create remains a state of dream”; and personal invention, “the intuition that combines and summaries everything”. The implication is that the artist must embrace the past, while admitting that nature only manifests as an illusion which human imagination exploits to create art.
The eternal silence of this infinite spaces frighten me
"Le silence eternel des ces espaces infinis m'effraie"