A Redon Balloon

Odilon Redon, Balloon- 1898

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:

The Crying Spider, by Odilon Redon, 1881(via WikiPaintings)

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.”

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