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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.

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Voilà, les rêveurs de la décadence...

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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Girls Singing Music by Gabriel Fabry. (1903). Louis Welden Hawkins (1849-1910) (Français) 
Huile sur toile/Oil on canvas. 54.9 x 46 cm (21.61” x 18.11”) Collection privée

I have unsuccessfully tried to find music by a “Gabriel Fabry.” Please let me know if you find any! 
At that time, 1903, the only notable Gabriel Fabry in Paris was a book publisher. Possibly he also published music (?). I’m very curious d’en savoir plus.

Otherwise, I will assume Fabry was Louis Welden Hawkins’ musical alias!

Girls Singing Music by Gabriel Fabry. (1903). Louis Welden Hawkins (1849-1910) (Français)
Huile sur toile/Oil on canvas. 54.9 x 46 cm (21.61” x 18.11”) Collection privée

I have unsuccessfully tried to find music by a “Gabriel Fabry.” Please let me know if you find any! At that time, 1903, the only notable Gabriel Fabry in Paris was a book publisher. Possibly he also published music (?). I’m very curious d’en savoir plus. Otherwise, I will assume Fabry was Louis Welden Hawkins’ musical alias!
Álom (Dream)(1902). Ferenc Helbing (Hongrois/Hungarian) gravure.

Álom (Dream)(1902). Ferenc Helbing (Hongrois/Hungarian) gravure.

Scheherazade (1913). Ferenc Helbing (Hongrois/Hungarian). Huile sur toile/oil on canvas. 180.4 x 167.7 cm. (71 x 66 in.)

Scheherazade (1913). Ferenc Helbing (Hongrois/Hungarian). Huile sur toile/oil on canvas. 180.4 x 167.7 cm. (71 x 66 in.)

Gravures par Ferenc Helbing (hongrois)

Jugend magazine - Digital Archive

"The Munich Weekly for Art and Love"
Published from 1896 - 1940
Content changes from 1913 -1940

The initially marvelous Jugend (meaning “Youth” in German) magazine that documented and featured commissioned work by many great artists and writers of Deutschland’s Art Nouveau variant (that would come to be named after it -Jugendstil), when they were contemporary and active. It’s a wonderful glimpse into the art historical context of the world at the time of Symbolisme.

I see the demise of Jugend as a good explanation into why after pushing the envelope thematically with Symbolisme and its sister movements, Art in Europe seems to step back into safer themes. The onset of the First World War changed everything and introduced a sobriety and cynicism, visible in Dadaism, functionalism/Bauhaus. Dreamworlds came to be realized not through a mythological playground of nightmarish fantasy, but through surrealism, firmly footed in sobering reality. It was a world where the luxury of fantasy had been buried into the trenches full of bodies.

The magazine would ultimately cave in to German nationalism right before the onset if the First World War. By the rise of Nazism, they were just another pitiful propaganda instrument.

It has a very “anything goes” format that goes from poetry to musical pieces to comics, to features, with lots of sketches by notable artists peppered throughout. Like a zine that was formatted like The Believer and thusly formally published.

It’s in German. I enjoy it, nonetheless, in spite of the fact that it’s not a language I am not fluent in. Likewise, you shouldn’t let that deter you from exploring it because it’s pretty cool.

On behalf of all who have an interest in the period, thanks to the Heidelberg University Library for wonderfully preserving and digitizing these publications and making them easily accessible to the public.

JUGEND GENIEßEN! - Enjoy Youth!
Death and the Maiden. Pierre Puvis de Chavannes

Death and the Maiden. Pierre Puvis de Chavannes

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