Artwork Title: The Smiling Spider - Artist Name: Odilon Redon

The Smiling Spider

Odilon Redon, 1881

The spider, with ten legs rather than the usual eight, smiles mischievously as it performs a lopsided dance. A cursory Freudian analysis might suggest that Redon’s dark little demon is pleased with its freedom to express his unconscious desires through the medium of art. Redon explained himself by saying: "My drawings inspire, and are not to be defined. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined."

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