What is it about a red balloon? Mmm: The classic 1956 Oscar-winning movie tells this story. The Redon balloon’s story is a lot older. His other work is just as interesting.
Behold his crying spider:
Maybe the spider is thinking of all the non-environmentally friendly effects of balloons, or of the use of Helium in balloons.
From the Odilon Redon Wikipedia entry:
- “I have often, as an exercise and as a sustenance, painted before an object down to the smallest accidents of its visual appearance; but the day left me sad and with an unsatiated thirst. The next day I let the other source run, that of imagination, through the recollection of the forms and I was then reassured and appeased.”