Symbolist Painting: The Age of Decadence 1880-1910

Lecture

Symbolism is a relatively unknown art movement and provides a fascinating alternative to impressionism and post Impressionism.

The Symbolism has its roots in German Romanticism and the Pre-Raphaelite Movement, but develops a language of its own. Its themes include the Femme Fatale, The Vampire, Dreams, sexual fantasies, and nostalgia for a mythical past.

Many of the artists suffered isolation and depression, but their work is exciting and original. The many artists discussed include Munch, Aubrey Beardsley, Redon, Puvis de Chavannes, Gauguin, Ensor, Khnopff, Klimt and Mucha. In conclusion I relate Symbolism to both Art Nouveau and Surrealism.

Suitable as a Study Day (extending into Art Nouveau and Surrealism)

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