Symbolism Art History Presentation ~ 154 Slides
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~turn of the century (19-20th) European movement in literature, theatre, music and painting.
~Prime years were 1880-1910 with overlap on both poles.
~akin to the Pre-Raphaelites, Romantics and Aesthetics.
~a reaction against naturalism and realism.
~Symbolists explored their imagination, dreams, and unconscious selves.
~were drawn to metaphoric imagery, suggestive forms and symbolic meaning.
~intellectual expressionism using messages and esoteric references.
~narrative content dominated.
~(born Bertrand-Jean Redon)
~art creations were his internal feelings and psyche, which transcended the everyday and opened into the world of the mind.
~"place the visible at the service of the invisible”
~Redon's inspirations are in his journal "To Myself"
~"I painted an object down to the smallest accidents of its visual appearance; but the day left me sad and with an unsatiated thirst. The next day I let the other source run, that of imagination, through the recollection of the forms, and I was then reassured and appeased.”
~“Painting consists in using a special sense, an innate sense for composing a beautiful substance. To do as nature does: create diamonds, gold, sapphires, agates, precious metal, silk, flesh: it is a gift of delicious sensuality.”
~intense, psychological themes built upon late 19th-century Symbolism
~influenced German Expressionism in the early 20th century.
~"My father was temperamentally nervous and obsessively religious—to the point of psychoneurosis. From him I inherited the seeds of madness. The angels of fear, sorrow, and death stood by my side since the day I was born."
~"In my art, I attempt to explain life and its meaning to myself."
~most well-known work is "The Scream" which was conceived thusly: ”I was walking down the road with 2 friends when the sun set; suddenly, the sky turned as red as blood. I stopped and leaned against the fence, feeling unspeakably tired. Tongues of fire and blood stretched over the bluish black fjord. My friends went on walking, while I lagged behind, shivering with fear. Then I heard the enormous, infinite scream of nature."
~print-maker, photographer and painter
~paintings are macabre or even supernatural
~"The Wounded Angel" is his most famous painting and is extremely well known in Finland.
~The Finnish band Nightwish’s 2007 music video, "Amaranth", is based on "The Wounded Angel".
~mystery of life and death was his core theme
~angels, the devil and death were his most frequently used figures
~was obsessively intrigued with creating another reality with his art.
~during his era, decadence was rising in Europe, which influenced him, especially in his travels to Paris, although French art styles never interested him.
~he never strayed beyond the Symbolism style although for other artists it was just a phase.
~he died fairly young, at 44.