LIFE AS MYTH

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JOURNAL

Index

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JOURNAL 2011

Life as Myth

Naming a life

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WINTER 2011

A prince of dreams

Index 2011

Life as myth

Colliding with Saint John

The childhood of the artist

A prince of dreams

The family of the artist

From a broken stone

The Armory Show of 1913

Alterswerk

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LIFEWORKS

About

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ARCHIVES

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WINTER 2011
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THE CHILDHOOD OF THE ARTIST

The child. Odilon Redon. 1894. Private collection.

Born April 22, 1840, Odilon Redon was the second son of a successful French businessman who lived in the United States. His mother, also of French descent, was from New Orleans. Because he was a sickly child (possibly with epilepsy), his parents sent him to live with a caretaker on the family estate in Peyrelebade. His childhood was spent apart from his parents and, as a result, in his later life he struggled with issues of parental abandonment.

From an early age, Redon showed a facility for drawing and began formal training in 1855. His father directed him away from the pursuit of art and into the study of architecture. However, when Redon failed his examinations, any chance of a career in architecture ended. He then returned to his art, studying sculpture, etching and lithography.

 

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