Symbolism 101? How to keep a campaign interesting.

So a Kickstarter campaign is only as good as the information provided during its run.  I was wracking my brain as to how I was going to blog, facebook, twitter and market for 30 days and keep everyone’s attention.  I definitely wasn’t interested in offering a running tally on the how many donations I had received or how far I was from my goal.  So it hit me, why not talk about the one thing that was most important to this campaign; the art.

I have 30+ artists and their work  making up this Tarot deck.  Therefore, I have 30+ blog posts, paintings and stories to share with you, my awesome readers.  So, everyday or almost everyday I will be providing you with bios, pictures and assorted sundries about each of these amazing talents as well as some surprises.  I will not be including any of the artist’s paintings in these posts that are part of the deck.

The Artist for today and one of my favorites is Odilon Redon.

Odilon Redon was a French symbolist painter and one of the most well known and popular artists from this era.  Born Bertrand-Jean Redon he received the nickname “Odilon” from his mother, Odile.  At the age of fifteen, he began his formal study of drawing but soon changed to architecture. He failed his entrance exams and was unable to pursue architecture although, his brother, Gasto Redon, became a noted artchitect.

Back home in his native Bordeaux, he took up sculpture, etching and lithography. His artistic career was interrupted in 1870 when he joined the army to serve in the Franco-Prussian War. At the end of the war, he moved to Paris, working almost exclusively in charcoal and lithography. He referred to his works in shades of black, as his noirs. It would not be until 1878 that his work gained any recognition with Guardian Spirit of the Waters, and he published his first album of lithographs, titled Dans le Rêve, in 1879. Still, Redon remained relatively unknown until the appearance in 1884 of a cult novel by Joris-Karl Huysmans titled, À rebours (Against Nature). The story featured a decadent aristocrat who collected Redon’s drawings. In the 1890s, pastel and oils became his favored media, and he produced no more noirs after 1900. In 1903 he was awarded the Legion of Honor. His popularity increased when a catalogue of etchings and lithographs was published by André Mellerio in 1913 and that same year, he was given the largest single representation at the New York Armory Show. Redon died on July 6, 1916.

Here are a couple of his most famous pieces:

Pegasus 1900

The Cyclops 1898


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