|Guardian Spirit of the Waters, Odilon Redon, 1878, charcoal|
Art Institute of Chicago
|The Smiling Spider, Odilon Redon, 1881, charcoal|
Musee du Louvre, Paris
Laura Zindel's wonderful ceramics bring to mind another I associate with the dark beauty of autumn, the mysterious and evocative art of Odilon Redon, pronounced "o dee lawn r'dawn", by the way, 1840-1916.
The following quote is how Redon described his own work, which is how I think we should look at most art forms, including poetry, since the meanings of works are not limited to what their artists intended. A good piece will have an impact on more than one level, and is best enjoyed by simply absorbing the layers, allowing it to inspire, not by solving it, like some kind of mathematical equation. I could go on at length on this subject, but will save it for another day, another post.
and are not to be defined.
They place us, as does music,
in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined.
|Spirit of the Forest, Odilon Redon, 1880, charcoal and chalk|
The Woodner Family collection, New York