Redon, Odilon

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Redon, Odilon Gender: M
Redon, Bertrand-Jean
born on 20 April 1840 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Bordeaux, France, 44n50, 0w34
Timezone LMT m0w34 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gauquelin
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 00°22' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 09°55 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 20°27'

Odilon Redon


French artist, painter, etcher and lithographer who created "In the Dream," 1879 and "Night," 1886, using dramatic contrasts of black and white to express his emotions and dreams. Redon produced nearly 200 prints and is considered one of the outstanding proponents of Symbolism.

Born Bertrand-Jean Redon, he was the second son of Bertrand Redon and his wife Marie Guerin. He had a brother, Léo, and a sister, Marie, and he grew up at the family estate of Peyrelebade, near Listrac under the care of his uncle. He attended school in Bordeaux, and in 1855, he studied drawing with Stanislas Gorin. He took architecture classes in 1857 at the request of his father but failed the examinations. In 1862, he created "Roland à Roncevaux," one of his first paintings, and one year later, with the help of a new friend, Rodolphe Bresdin, he began exploring the mediums of etching and lithography. He relocated to Paris in 1870 and began working in charcoal. In 1878, he made his first voyage to Belgium and Holland where he was exposed to the art of Rembrandt. After undergoing a "religious crisis" in the early 1890s, he began working with oils and pastels, creating paintings like "Orpheus," 1903 and "Vase of Flowers," 1914.

He married Camille Falte, a young Creole woman from Bourbon Island, on 5/01/1880. Their first son, Jean, was born on 5/11/1886 but died just six months later on 11/27/1886. Their son, Arï, was born on 4/30/1889. Redon was an intensely private person, and after his marriage, he let his wife handle all interactions with the press and art dealers.

Redon had a serious illness in 1894-95. He died on 7/06/1916 in Paris, leaving his last work, "The Virgin," unfinished.

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  • Social : Begin a program of study 1855 (Studied under Stanislas Gorin)
  • Social : Begin a program of study 1857 (Failed architectural exams)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1862 (First noted painting released)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1879 ("In the Dream" exhibited)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 11 May 1886 (Son Jean born)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 30 April 1889 (Son Ari born)
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  • Health : Decumbiture 1894 (Serious illness over a year)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 6 July 1916 at 12:00 noon in Paris, France (Age 76)
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Source Notes

Francoise Gauquelin confirmed data given in Vol 4, B.C. #940 from the Bordeaux Registrar


  • Traits : Personality : Solitary/ Introvert (Very private)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Interracial (Creole wife)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two sons)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (First son died at six months)
  • Family : Parenting : Parenting late more than 40 (Age 46 when first child born)
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Painter, prints, lithographer, etcher)