Spleen I

    The illustrations from the “Spleen I” cycle, digital painting 2012, inspired by the “Beyond Redemption” poem of Charles Baudelaire.

    Beyond Redemption

    (…)
    – Patent symbols, perfect picture
    Of an irremediable fate
    Which makes one think that the Devil
    Always does well whatever he does!

    II

    Somber and limpid tête-à-tête –
    A heart become its own mirror!
    Well of Truth, clear and black,
    Where a pale star flickers,

    A hellish, ironic beacon,
    Torch of satanical blessings,
    Sole glory and only solace
    – The consciousness of doing evil.

    – translated by William Aggeler, The Flowers of Evil
    (Fresno, CA: Academy Library Guild, 1954)

    Here you can download the electronic book “Remerciements – Les Illustrateurs de Baudelaire” of Professor Ivan Bernier from Université Laval in Québec. I was featured in this book as one of the world`s illustrators of Charles Baudelaire`s poems.