"the Redon engraving I liked best"
Odilon Redon (1840-1916) was a French artist. Known best as a Symbolist painter, he also worked in other media, such as etching and sculpture. He began drawing in early childhood, and began formal instruction at the age of fifteen. He served in the army during the Franco-Prussian War, after which he produced a dark series of works called his ‘noirs’. Extremely modern looking and often disturbing, they were created via charcoal and lithography. In his later career, he turned more towards colour, favouring both pastels and oils.