Odilon Redon is the master of the unreal,
of dreamscapes in black and visions in brilliant pastel colors achieved
by no other painter of his time. Redon was a literary painter: his
tastes were formed by masters of the Fantastic.With his prints he created
brooding accompaniments for works by Poe, a hommage to Goya, and a peerless
series of interpretations of Flaubert's Temptation of St Anthony.
With his later discovery of color and his preferred medium of pastels,
Redon moved into a different realm of visions, in which the beauty of the
color seems inscribed in the very silence of the dream.