Signed in black crayon (or pencil?), lower right: Odilon Redon
Redon was an introspective artist whose imaginative paintings and lithographs of the 1870s and 1880s depicted a dreamlike world populated by fantastic, but seldom sinister, creatures. By 1890, he was concentrating exclusively on the lyrically suggestive possibilities of color, creating atmospheric pastels of imaginary floral arrangements and sleeping figures. To Redon, the subject of flowers symbolized the fertility of imagination.
Allen Rosenbaum and Francis F. Jones, Selections from The Art Museum, Princeton University, (Princeton, NJ: The Art Museum, Princeton University, 1986).
"Acquisitions of the Art Museum 1985," Record of the Art Museum, Princeton University 45, no. 1 (1986): p.16-42.
Nineteenth-Century Pastels, Drawings, Watercolors (Complement to Cezanne Exhibition) (Saturday, February 01, 1992 - Sunday, April 05, 1992)