Arts Everyday Living: More Dreams of Redon—Have You Seen the Floating Flowers?

Odilon Redon, Vision, Vase of Flower, 1900, oil on canvas, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (State of the Netherlands)


Vision, Vase of Flowers, 1900

Odilon Redon (1840-1916)


Do you recognize the wildflowers? Likely picked from a field in the French countryside more than a century ago. Poppies, daisies, and cornflowers are the most obvious to my eye, although the other blossoms probably also occupy our earthly zone.  Then why do they appear suspended in mid-air?  Is it the extraordinary vase, a magical concoction of colors that seems to lift this festive bouquet upward into a dream-like atmosphere?


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