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Symbolism (Hardcover) (Michael Gibson)

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Land of symbols: Where myth, death, and desire reignIt was in France and Belgium, the cradles of literary Symbolism, that Symbolist painting was born. In the late 19th century, painters such as Gustave Moreau and Odilon Redon rejected realism, naturalism, and impressionism to express instead the emotion or idea. In place of Monet’s light-suffused landscapes or the frank working-class subjects of Courbet cameimaginary dream scenes of psychological, sexual, and mystical content.This generously sized book explores the Symbolists’ rich pool of inspiration as they strove to express such charged experiences aslove, fear, anguish, death, sexual awakening, and unrequited desire. Through literature, the Bible, and Greek mythology, we see how the movement’s protagonistsfused erudite references with personal and private significance in the restless pursuit of a feeling-laden form.With featured work from Edward Burne-Jones, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Gustav Klimt, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Gustave Moreau, Odilon Redon and many more, the book attests to thefavorite motifs as well as the stylistic variety of Symbolist practice. In one work we find muted washes of pastel color, in another ornate textural details. More than once, we encounter the virgin or femme fatale, Symbolism’sfemale archetypes par excellence.Through this rich, sometimes obscure, but always evocative journey, we come to appreciate anessential 19th-century movement which not only spawned disciples around the world, but also paved the way for some of the leading modernist developments.
Number of Pages: 96.0
Genre: Art
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taschen America Llc
Author: Michael Gibson
Language: English
Street Date: October 1, 2017
TCIN: 52144067
UPC: 9783836520614
Item Number (DPCI): 248-41-9741

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