After a dozen years living a hermit’s life, Bresdin returns to Paris in 1861 to present Le Bon Samaritain (The Good Samaritan) which is accorded considerable critical acclaim.

"This art is the result of a precarious life, a life of setbacks, of the suffering of a pure being, deluded, broken by the harshness of fate."

Solitary ...
"Understand it’s spirit, observe, on these minuscule surfaces, the expression of an ingenuous simple good-heartedness, naivety, something from some far-off humanity, humbled, confused, saddened." Odilon Redon
... Engraver

The Holy Family

Around one fifth of the work of Bresdin is devoted to religious subjects.
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For someone who was supposed to have sounded off against the church at every meal he missed,
the percentage is rather high.

Interiors from the Land
of Milk and Honey

There is something touching in imagining the half-starved artist drawing or engraving with meticulous delectation the overloaded interiors of everything he might have dreamed of for himself and his family.

       Strange Cities,

It is in these prints and drawings, which illustrate well Bresdin’s belonging to the romantic movement, that the influence of he contemporary artists, Isabey, Hervier, Charles Jacque or the Dutchman Jongking, can be detected.

Dream Houses

The Virgin Forest Next Door

He invents or reconstitutes, his talent as an observer filtered through his imagination and by little pen strokes he recreates on paper the inexhaustible complexity of Nature in its abandon.

or Shadow Armies
From the Restoration onward, war is a permanent feature abroad, particularly the conquest of Algeria by which Bresdin seems to have been particularly inspired. It appears, however, that he is less interested in the combats themselves than in their consequences on the population, more interested in the vanquished than in the victors.

"The battle lasted 48 years. Peace will be made unless there’s a miracle. The last soldiers join together for a final and decisive effort. As if all that was needed to bring me down." Rodolphe Bresdin
The Comedy of Death