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Symbolisme

A place for all concretizations of the symbolist school. Symbolisme was an artistic movement developped primarily in Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium at the turn of the Nineteenth Century into the Twentieth (Fin-de-siècle.)

Although it is widely ignored in the present, in favor of concurrent schools like the Impressionists and Art Nouveau, Symbolism was highly influential, polemic and iconoclastic. It's central themes were often dark and reflective of the preoccupation with decadence and doom that plagued many individuals during the fin-de-siècle period.

Ce blog est dedié au travail de Philippe Jullian dans ce genre.

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Voilà, les rêveurs de la décadence...

L’approdo (n.d.). S.b.g. Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach (Allemand). Huile sur toile. Sold to Private collector 2007.
The Landing.

L’approdo (n.d.). S.b.g. Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach (Allemand). Huile sur toile. Sold to Private collector 2007.
The Landing.

leprincelointain:

Jacek Malczewski (1854-1929), L’Artiste & la Chimère - 1906

leprincelointain:

Jacek Malczewski (1854-1929), L’Artiste & la Chimère - 1906

leprincelointain:

Elihu Vedder (1836-1923), The Sphinx of the Seashore - 1879/80

leprincelointain:

Elihu Vedder (1836-1923), The Sphinx of the Seashore - 1879/80

bleuroses:

Gate to Paradise by Wilhelm Bernatzik (Austrian), c. 1906

bleuroses:

Gate to Paradise by Wilhelm Bernatzik (Austrian), c. 1906

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femalebrother:

Prometheus in Chains | Frantisek Kupka | 1905

femalebrother:

Prometheus in Chains | Frantisek Kupka | 1905

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The first time I ever read RIP I thought it referred to the sound a page makes when you tear it out of a book. As in well, you are being riiiiiiiipped out of the encyclopedia of existent people, and therefore, you will no longer be relevant as you’ve been riiiiiiiipped from the collective consciousness.

To a certain extent, I’m not really convinced that my thoughts were entirely incorrect, to be honest. I think the only people who don’t RIP you in this manner after you cease to live are the people who truly loved you to the extent where they cannot conceive of a reality that does not include you. They cannot riiiiiiiip you because that would mean they would be tearing a part of themselves away.

Yeah, I’m sure that’s what that means and the whole ‘Rest In Peace’ acronymization was merely retrofitted to
obfuscate the true significance.

Hello, darling dreamers of décadence! I’d love to know…

…Who are some of your favorite Symbolist artists?

Souvenir d’Ivančice. (1903) S.b.g. Alfons María Mucha (Tchèque)

Ivančice refers to Alphonse Mucha’s birthplace. In spite of extended stays abroad, (notably France, then United States,) Mucha retained a strong bond to Czechoslovakia. He returned in the later years of his life to create his Masterwork, The Slav Epic.
N.B.: Although Mucha’s most commercially popular works are Art Nouveau vitralesque affichage, when he made the works he passionately envisioned, it was undeniably Symbolist in it’s complex, esoteric themes and dark, enigmatic aesthetic. He irrefutably stands alongside the greatest of the Symbolists.

Souvenir d’Ivančice. (1903) S.b.g. Alfons María Mucha (Tchèque)

Ivančice refers to Alphonse Mucha’s birthplace. In spite of extended stays abroad, (notably France, then United States,) Mucha retained a strong bond to Czechoslovakia. He returned in the later years of his life to create his Masterwork, The Slav Epic.
N.B.: Although Mucha’s most commercially popular works are Art Nouveau vitralesque affichage, when he made the works he passionately envisioned, it was undeniably Symbolist in it’s complex, esoteric themes and dark, enigmatic aesthetic. He irrefutably stands alongside the greatest of the Symbolists.

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Étude pour «L’offrande» (1891). S.b.d.g. Fernand Khnopff (Belge). Crayon sur papier.
L’Offrande (The Offering) (1891) Pastel, crayon graphite et craie sur papier. 34.9cm x 74.9cm (13 3/4 x 29 1/2 in.). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. Bequest of William S. Lieberman, 2005

Practice makes perfect; Even if practice is near perfect, to begin with.
Notre Troisième Anniversaire: Symbolisme turns 3 today
“The Spirit of the New Moon” (1888). Arthur Loureiro (Australien). Queensland Art Gallery. NSW. AU.

Notre Troisième Anniversaire: Symbolisme turns 3 today
“The Spirit of the New Moon” (1888). Arthur Loureiro (Australien). Queensland Art Gallery. NSW. AU.

Ophelia in the Thistle, s.b. Georges Jules Victor Clairin (1843 - 1919)
L’actrice Sarah Bernhardt en posant comme Ophèlia dans cette vision romantique du thème morbide de la folie de l’amour obsédé et inachevé en train de pourrir.

Ophelia in the Thistle, s.b. Georges Jules Victor Clairin (1843 - 1919)
L’actrice Sarah Bernhardt en posant comme Ophèlia dans cette vision romantique du thème morbide de la folie de l’amour obsédé et inachevé en train de pourrir.

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[ C ] Georges Clairin - Mountains at Thebes, West Nile Bank (by Cea.)

[ C ] Georges Clairin - Mountains at Thebes, West Nile Bank (by Cea.)

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thestanfordgallery:

Georges Clairin
The Goddess Neith
n.d.

thestanfordgallery:

Georges Clairin

The Goddess Neith

n.d.

Une voile (c.1890). S.b.g. Louis Welden Hawkins (comme L.W. Hawkins)(Français). pastel sur papier. Collection Victor et Gretha Arwas.

Une voile (c.1890). S.b.g. Louis Welden Hawkins (comme L.W. Hawkins)(Français). pastel sur papier. Collection Victor et Gretha Arwas.

Procession des âmes ou Noël, toile mystique (1893). s.b.g. Louis Welden Hawkins huile sur toile, 67,4 x 44 cm, collection privée
 Full title: Procession of the Souls or the Christmas, mystic painting.

Procession des âmes ou Noël, toile mystique (1893). s.b.g. Louis Welden Hawkins huile sur toile, 67,4 x 44 cm, collection privée
Full title: Procession of the Souls or the Christmas, mystic painting.

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