This extraordinary deck was created in the 1980's and is painted in unmistakable surrealist mode. It is based upon the Danish author's real life experience of living in a bohemian community in Copenhagen, known as Christiana. In many of the cards Erfurt has used real people and places as the basis for her artwork.
The names of some of the Major cards have been changed - 'the Magician' becomes 'the Juggler', 'the High Priestess' becomes 'the Wise Woman', 'the Empress' becomes 'Lilith', 'the High Priest' becomes 'Grand Master', and ''the Wheel of Fortune' becomes 'the Wheel'. The composition of each card sticks quite closely to the Rider-Waite cards, but the style is hugely different as you can see on the photograph.
The Minor Arcana bears little resemblance to the Rider-Waite cards, summed up perfectly by Stuart Kaplan in his Introductory words to the booklet - '.....Erfurt describes the world as she sees it, with all of its distortion and contradiction'. The emotions portrayed are shown in their most raw state and Erfurt's vivid descriptions in the instruction booklet bring the cards to life in a dramatic way.
I am captivated by the surreal nature of the whole deck and absolutely love it. It is a must for anyone who likes surrealism and I can't recommend it highly enough.
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