Odilon (Betrand-Jean) Redon was an innovative French printmaker, draughtsman and Symbolist painter. In the 1860s he formed a close friendship with the printmaker Rodolphe Bresdin and from him learned the craft of engraving and etching. Redon was noted for his large, highly original charcoal drawings, which he called his Noirs. They evoke a mysterious world of subjective, often melancholic fantasy. In 1879 he published his first album of lithographs, ‘Dans le rêve’. In the 1890s he increasingly used pastels and oils, and in 1899 he exhibited at Paul Durand-Ruel’s gallery with the Nabis. In the decade preceding his death, Redon’s work attracted increasing recognition and appreciation. He died in Paris in 1913.