Symbolist Art in Context

ISBN: 9780520255821
Artist(s): Various
Author(s): Michelle Facos
Format: paperback
Year published: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Total Pages: 280
Illustrations: 16 colour illustrations and 86 black and white illustrations


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The Symbolist art movement of the late nineteenth century forms an important bridge between Impressionism and Modernism. But because Symbolism, more than the two movements it links, emphasizes ideas over objects and events, it has suffered from vague and conflicting definitions. In “Symbolist Art in Context”, Michelle Facos offers a clearly written, comprehensive, and accessible description of this challenging subject. Reaching back into Romanticism for Symbolism’s origins, Facos argues that Symbolism enabled artists (including Munch and Gauguin) to confront an increasingly uncertain and complex world – one to which pessimists responded with themes of decadence and degeneration and optimists with idealism and reform.


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