Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Buddha ("Le Bouddha") by Odilon Redon ...

Bertrand-Jean Redon, better known as Odilon Redon (April 20, 1840 – July 6, 1916) was a French symbolist painter, printmaker, draughtsman and pastellist.

In 1905, artist Odilon Redon created ‘The Buddha’. The image is a perfect reflection of the symbolic transition from Redon’s earlier works, which vastly included plant life with human heads, to his later years, which mainly represented translucent oneness and light.

Some believe that the image’s symbolic message is that the path of oneness can be achieved by each and every one of us, and that Redon encourages the viewer to partake in the adventure with him. “My drawings inspire and are not to be defined. They determine nothing. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous world of the undetermined. They are a kind of metaphor.” – Odilon Redon.

'The Buddha' is located in Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France.

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