Redon began his career as a draftsman in charcoal (a series of art which he called the 'Noirs'), and lithographer, working almost exclusively with black, but after 1900 he began to explore new motifs, flowers becoming a favoured subject, rendered in vivid colour in oils and pastel. After 1886, when the term was defined, Redon was considered to be a paragon of Symbolist art. Pastels and oils became Redon's favourite medium in the 1890's and he also developed a keen interest in Hindu and Buddhism religion and culture which increasingly became the subject of his work. He is perhaps best known today for the "dreamlike" paintings created in the first decade of the 20th century, and portraying 'the triumph of light over darkness'.
Redon describing his work;
"My drawings inspire, and are not to be defined. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined".