Symbolism
Symbolism
Symbolism
Symbolism
Symbolism
Symbolism
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A synthesis of form and feeling

  • Hardcover
  • 21 x 26 cm
  • 96 pages
  • ISBN 978-3-8365-0706-6

Whether fear, anguish, or unrequited desire, Symbolist painters believed that art should reflect an emotion or idea rather than a realistic representation of the natural world. This book brings together some of the most important images from their mysterious, spiritual, and seductive visual language.

First applied to the poems of Stéphane Mallarmé and Paul Verlaine in 1886, the term “symbolist” was soon applied to the visual arts where a realistic depiction of the natural world gave way to imaginary dream scenes of psychological, sexual, and mystical content.

Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Genre series features:

  • approximately 100 color illustrations with explanatory captions
  • a detailed, illustrated introduction
  • a selection of the most important works of the epoch, each presented on a two-page spread with a full-page image and accompanying interpretation, as well as a portrait and brief biography of the artist