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Lucien Levy Dhurmer Salome with the Head of the Baptist
Lucien Levy Dhurmer, Salome with the Head of the Baptist (1896)

Jean Delville Orpheus 1893
Jean Delville, Orpheus (1893)

Carlos Schwabe The Afternoon of a Faun
Carlos Schwabe, The Afternoon of a Faun (1923)

Alphonse Osbert Moonlight
Alphonse Osbert, Moonlight (1896)

Jan Toorop o-grave-where-is-thy-victory-1892
Jean Toorop, O Grave Where Is Thy Victory? (1892)



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Jun. 27th, 2014 09:37 pm (UTC)
They look a bit pre-Raphaelite to me, except for the last, which is mmore Aubrey Beardsley.

Could you hide the last one under a cut? It's appearing on my friendslist at 1600 width, which extends the page off the right of the screen unless I zoom "out" to a mere 100%.
Jun. 27th, 2014 09:41 pm (UTC)
Sorry about that. I tried to cut them all down to size, but LJ fooled me on that one.

And yes, there's definitely a relationship with the pre-Raphaelites.
Jun. 28th, 2014 12:48 pm (UTC)
Easy to miss them if you haven't made a study of the period or the oevre. I didn't know anything about Symbolists as a Thing until I was in Paris a couple of years ago and saw a whole herd of Symbolist paintings at the D'Orsay (an incredible museum and my favorite in Paris, even over the Louvre). At that point I was completely hooked. Marvelous stuff.
Jun. 28th, 2014 04:31 pm (UTC)
It's definitely a "where have you been all my life?" moment for me. I'm surprised I haven't seen more of their artwork used on book covers, but maybe I've seen them and not noticed. Definitely appears to be something I want to dig into more deeply. Must look for good books on them!
Jun. 28th, 2014 09:39 pm (UTC)
I've seen family trees of popular music (like the timeline by Rebee Garofalo) and I feel sure there must be something like that for art.

But googling for "art graphic" "art family tree" and so on are doomed, because all such things are in themselves hits for "art", when I'm looking for the ones that are about the history of art movements.

Checking the Wikipedia page, I see they claim Gustav Klimt, Edvard Munch and Frida Kahlo as Symbolists, so it's like they were there, and we never connected them as a movement. Also, I see "The Caress", that was the title and subject of a Greg Egan story, is identified as a Symbolist painting.
Jun. 28th, 2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
I've also seen Gauguin and Blue Period Picasso associated with Symbolism. What with the proliferation of movements in that era, some of them were bound to get lost in the jostling with major forces such as impressionism and expressionism and even art nouveau. I'm curious about the claim that they were a major influence on the surrealists. Makes sense, but I've read enough about the surrealists that I wonder again why this hasn't come up before. Again, maybe it did and I just wasn't paying attention.
Jun. 29th, 2014 08:24 am (UTC)
I can definitely see the art nouveau connection.
Jun. 29th, 2014 08:42 am (UTC)
I found the Alfred Barr art chart I was remembering, but it concentrates on Cubism and abstract art. Gauguin is the only name in common with that chart and anyone we've mentioned here.
Jun. 29th, 2014 03:27 pm (UTC)
Nicole Myers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art makes the argument that " the Symbolists' rejection of naturalism and narrative in favor of the subjective representation of an idea or emotion would have a significant effect on the artwork of the twentieth century, particularly the formulation of German Expressionism and Abstraction." Not sure I see how it leads to abstraction except indirectly, but on the other hand it's easy to imagine that something like the Alphonse Osbert above was an influence on Maxfield Parrish as well.
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