Still Life: Vase of Flowers by Odilon Redon

Odilon Redon’s Vase of Flowers, painted in 1916, is a elegant oil painting that captures the beauty of nature.

Vase of Flowers by Odilon Redon, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The painting is composed of a large vase in deep blue surrounded by a variety of colors, including pink, yellow, and white. The flowers are painted in a realistic style, with each petal and stem carefully detailed.

The painting is a perfect example of Redon’s unique style of art. His use of color and light creates a dreamlike atmosphere, while the use of realistic details adds a sense of realism to the painting. The painting is a reminder of the beauty of nature, and the fragility of life.

Odilon Redon was a French Symbolist artist who lived from 1840 to 1916. He is best known for his pastel drawings, prints, and lithographs. Redon was born in Bordeaux, France and was the son of a wealthy family. He was initially trained in painting and drawing by his father, but later studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Redon’s work was heavily influenced by the Symbolist movement, which was a French art movement that focused on the use of symbols to express the inner emotions of the artist. He often used fantastical creatures and dreamlike landscapes to convey his ideas. Redon was also heavily influenced by the works of authors such as Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Baudelaire, (Odilon Redon’s illustration for Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire.) .

Odilon Redon’s work is highly acclaimed and has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums around the world.

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

17 thoughts on “Still Life: Vase of Flowers by Odilon Redon

    1. Thank you, Resa. I love how Merril uses Odilon Redon’s paintings to stimulate poetic creativity. She is a wonderful poet. I received your fabulous drawing – absolutely brilliant. I have already stopped by and read your latest adventure and will be back for a second and third visit. Have you ever thought of putting your ongoing adventures into a book format?


  1. This is what we like to call “Still life”, no movement, of course. But, it says so much to us. The colors are so varied and well arranged, our eyes take a long while to really sort out the large impact that each color has. The artist has arranged the colors of the flowers so we are forced to concentrate from the white arranged at the top and the red taking your eyes to the lower part of the painting. The artist not only knew the power of the colors, but also how to use them to tempt the eyes to follow the colors–a good example of this is the way the vivid color blue is used. This is a good painting for examining details, the tall slim vase really adds to complete the painting! ! Thank you for posting this lovely painting!

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    1. Thank you, Frances, for your insightful comments. I think that you have given the most thoughtful overview of this painting. I especially appreciated. “The artist not only knew the power of the colors, but also how to use them to tempt the eyes to follow the colors–a good example of this is the way the vivid color blue is used.”

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    1. I love when synchronicity comes calling!, Cindy. I felt a sense of freedom and joy when I first viewed this painting. The yellow to pink to orange in the background was stunning and projected the flowers as if they could be touched.


    1. I agree, Colleen – the small white flowers become the centre of attention in this painting. I am exploring still life this year and have found remarkable stories behind the paintings. I continue to learn and learn….

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      1. Still life do not give me as much of an emotional impact as human subjects. But, there is something soothing in the images of flowers. I think the appeal must be in the coloring. I’m not sure.


      2. A couple of months ago I read an article on still life paintings that suggested that in recent years, there has been a renewed interest in still life paintings. This article sent me down a rabbit hole (they seem to be everywhere – yikes) and I am now in the “still life” research mode. To me, still life paintings are able to capture the beauty of everyday objects in an artistic and unique way. They crystallize a moment in time.

        Your thought on there is something soothing is one of the reasons why people are turning to still life paintings. Many people find these paintings to be calming and reflective, and appreciate the time and effort that goes into creating them.

        Many thanks, Colleen – I enjoy our conversations.

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