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Zodiac Bridge

Zodiac Bridge was designed by René Marcel Rivière and printed by AGM Müller in c.1975. A different sign of the zodiac appears on the clothing of each court card figure.

Zodiac Bridge

Zodiac Bridge was designed by Austrian painter, sculptor and graphic artist René Marcel Rivière (b.1950- ) and printed by AGM Müller in c.1975. The figures are dramatic, intense and surreal with depth of detail: a sort of ‘fantastic realism’. A different sign of the zodiac appears on the clothing of each court card, reflecting the artist's interest in metaphysical themes and human destiny. René Marcel Rivière also designed an erotic tarot deck and has exhibited his paintings in Austria, the US and Germany.

Zodiac Bridge designed by René Marcel Rivière and printed by AGM Müller in c.1975

Above: Zodiac Bridge designed by René Marcel Rivière and printed by AGM Müller in c.1975. Red or blue backs featuring signs of the zodiac round a central orb. 57x89mm; 52 cards + 3 Jokers. René Marcel Rivière studied at the Vienna Academy of Applied Arts. He brings myths and other religious experiences of life and death into his work, which deals with the subject of the Tarot, Astrology (Zodiac), and alchemy.

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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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