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Odilon Redon, (born April 20, 1840, Bordeaux, France¡ªdied July 6, 1916, Paris), French Symbolist painter, lithographer, and etcher of 
considerable poetic sensitivity and imagination, whose work developed along two divergent lines. His prints explore haunted, fantastic, often macabre themes and foreshadowed the Surrealist and Dadaist movements. Symbolism was a late nineteenth-century art movement of French, Russian and Belgian origin in poetry and other arts. In literature, the 
style originates with the 1857 publication of Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal. The aesthetic was developed by St¨¦phane Mallarm¨¦ and Paul Verlaine during the 1860s and '70s.
 Redon's work represents an exploration of his internal feelings and psyche. He himself wanted to 'place the visible at the service of 
the invisible'; thus, although his work seems filled with strange beings and grotesque dichotomies, his aim was to represent pictorially the ghosts of his own mind.  Redon has taken this myth and given Polyphemus a makeover.  He has hidden himself from Galatea behind the rocky terrain, too shy to directly confront her ¡¯helpless¡¯ form. The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity from the series Edgar A. Poe (1882)
The large scale of the eye is the symbol of the spirit rising up out of the dead matter of the swamp. It is a physical organ that looks upward toward the divine, taking with it the dead skull. The art of Odilon Redon can be linked to the poetry of Baudelaire and Edgar Allan Poe, and the music of Claude Debussy. In the same way 
that Symbolist poets believed that there was a close connection between the sound and rhythm of words and their meaning, artists such as Redon saw in colour and line the capacity to express ideas.

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