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Vase of Flowers (After CĂ©zanne), 1896

Odilon Redon

French, 1840-1916
Oil on canvas
18-1/4 x 21-3/4 in. (46.4 x 55.2 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Neison Harris
M.1973.7.P
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Odilon Redon had two distinct periods in his career. In the first, he created ethereal, black-and-white works dubbed “noirs”; in the second, he painted luminous floral still lifes. During the 1890s, when Redon was making this transition from the mystical and often pessimistic noirs to the arguably more joyful still lifes, he encountered Paul Cézanne’s Vase of Flowers. In 1896, when Cézanne’s canvas was left in Redon’s care, the artist decided to paint his own version. Far more vibrant and much warmer in tone than the Provençal master’s composition, Redon’s still life is concerned not with Cézanne’s volumetric plays but instead with the relationships realized between rainbows of subtle color.

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