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Odilon Redon

A chronological look back at the French artist's development.

Through 170 works from various institutions, including oils, drawings, decorative panels and sketches for textiles, this exhibition reflects the artistic career and unique universe of Odilon Redon.

It is the first Spanish exhibition in 20 years exclusively dedicated to French painter, the father of symbolism and Les Nabis, a group of post-Impressionist artists.

With a highly personal style characterized by an innovative use of color and tone, Redon explored the complexities of thought, the esoteric side of human psyche and the mechanisms of dreams. This had a huge impact on the Symbolists, Fauvists and Les Nabis, making him one of the foremost painters of the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The exhibition has been put together by two Odilon Redon experts: Rodolphe Rapetti, chief curator and researcher at the Institut National d'Historie de l'Art in Paris, and the art historian Fred Leemon.

The show features works on loan from the Musée d'Orsay, the Gemeentemuseum in the Hauge, the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Fine Arts Museum in Bordeaux and the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Karlsruhe, as well as pieces from important foreign collections.


  • Starting: 11/02/2012
  • Ending: 29/04/2012
  • Where: Mapfre Foundation. Recoletos Exhibition Hall
  • Ticket sales: Free admission
  • Times: Monday, 2 pm to 8 pm; Tuesday ? Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sundays and bank holidays, 12 noon to 8 pm.
  • Bus: 5, 14, 27, 37, 45, 53, 150
  • Metro: Colón (L4) / Banco de España (L2)