Huysmans introduced Redon to Mallarmé, leading to a deep friendship. Huysmans wrote about his art in ‘À rebours’, and comforted him after the death of his first child; Mallarmé also wrote about his work. He met Corot (one of his strong influences) staying near Barbizon. Vuillard stayed with him and along with Bonnard regularly spent time in his company. He encountered Delacroix (one of his inspirations), was painted by Denis surrounded by younger painters, and told Bernard that more and more, he was giving up the use of black.