Spleen I

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

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!


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.