REDON Georges


Watercolour and gouache on paper: 39.5 x 28.5 cm / 15.5 x 11.2 in
Signed and dated '99' lower left

Painter of figures, nudes, genre scenes and flowers; engraver, lithographer, humorist artist and designer.

Georges Redon designed several restaurants in Montmartre. He created a great many humorous illustrations, in particular concerning the motorists of the Belle Epoque period, muffled up in animal furs.

Redon exhibited his paintings in Paris from 1903 at the Salon des Artistes Français, receiving an honourable mention in 1904. He also exhibited at the Salon of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and at the Salon d’Automne. He exhibited his cartoons at the Salon des Humoristes.

The High Life Tailor, an exclusive clothing store in Paris, had two stores. The one in the painting was on the corner of rue Richelieu and boulevard Montmartre.

The High Life Tailor had a very close relationship with many painters and artists. Their luxurious sales catalogs (normally two per year, for the spring-summer and autumn-winter collections) were embellished every year with beautiful paintings, cartoons and drawings by many renowned names from the last quarter of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th century. From about 1934 onwards a switch was made to photographs.

Paris 1869 - 1943
French School

E. Bénézit, "Dictionary of Artists", Paris 2006,Vol. 11, p. 770-771.