Odilon Redon on LSD

Thu Jan 13, 2005

From the “DNA of Literature” series of digitized Paris Review interviews (and why hasn’t Denis Johnson gotten one of these yet?), I was pleased to read the following from Aldous Huxley:

Maybe an immensely gifted artist–someone like Odilon Redon (who probably saw the world like this all the time, anyhow)—maybe such a man could profit by the lysergic acid experience, could use his visions as models, could reproduce on canvas the external world as it is transfigured by the drug.

I was lucky enough to see in my recent museum visit a few Redons.