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Why Smiling Spiders?
So famous are these spiders, that there is a famous picture by the French artist, Odilon Redon of a smiling spider.
It is entitled “The Smiling Spider” and was created in 1891. It is a lithograph.
Lithography was invented in 1796 by German author and actor Alois Senefelder as a cheap method of publishing theatrical works. During the first years of the 19th century, lithography had only a limited effect on printmaking, mainly because technical difficulties remained to be overcome. Godefroy Engelmann, largely succeeded in resolving the technical problems, and during the 1820s lithography was adopted by artists. By the mid-century the initial enthusiasm had somewhat diminished but by 1870, there was a revival and it was then that Odilon Redon produced his lithographs.
Friendlier Looking Smiling Spiders:
Redon’s spider is a little scary looking. There are some great examples of smiling spiders on the web (where else?) and I decided to share some of them with you.
No spiders were hurt in the making of this website……..