The Winged Man or, Fallen Angel, before 1880 (oil on cardboard), Redon, Odilon (1840-1916) / Musee des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, France / The Bridgeman Art Library
Odilon Redon (1840 – 1916) was a French painter who broke free from all artistic movements with his black and white imagery of amoeba-like creatures, and insects and plants with human heads. Redon’s creations were conjured in his dreams, and he compared them to music, with its ability to take the audience to unknown realms. His dark visions were also connected to writings by Poe, Baudelaire and Mallarmé. After 20 years, Redon surprisingly began painting radiant images of flowers and mythological subjects. Producing 200 prints in his lifetime, Redon blazed a trail for Surrealism and Dada.