Gallery: Les Fleurs du Mal

… The ‘Flowers of Evil’ evokes a world of paradox already implicit in the contrast of the title. The word ‘evil’ (the French word is ‘mal‘, meaning both evil and sickness) comes to signify  the pain and misery inflected on the speaker, which he responds to with melancholy, anxiety, and fear of death. But for Baudelaire, there is also something seductive about evil. Thus, while writing The Flowers of Evil, Baudelaire often said that his intent was to extract beauty from evil…Just like the physical beauty of flowers intertwined with the abstract threat of evil, Baudelaire felt extreme could not exist without the other…

M. Pistolic

… I put my entire soul, my entire religion, my entire hatred  into that horrible book…

Charles Baudelaire about his Les Fleurs Du Mal