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THE SACRED AND PROFANE IN SYMBOLIST ART
An important exhibition of Symbolist art held in 1969.
From the Exhibition Catalogue's Introduction:
"...one might say that by the 'eighties, European art could be divided roughly into three categories: the Impressionists who eventually triumphed with their pleasant bowls of fruit and sunny landscapes; the Salon painters, who saw themselves as the true inheritors of the great Renaissance tradition of literary painting; and the Symbolists.
The latter have been almost entirely overlooked because an indiscriminate public tends to throw them into the heap with the Salon painters and because, by the very nature of their art, their subjects of intricate referential themes and poetic allusions, are often hard to comprehend without some knowledge of the poetry and literature which inspired them.
In an epoch dominated by scientific research and empirical experiment, by social reform and political revolution, these artists turned from the clear, comforting light of day toward the mysterious, sometimes frightening darkness wherein resided myth, legend, nightmare and dream. They wished to recapture the spirit in art which knew both wonder and terror and took its gods as seriously as its devils and monsters."
Where & When
Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, William Blake, Arnold Böcklin, Ford Madox Brown, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Eugène Carrière, Théodore Chassériau, Walter Crane, Francis Danby, Henri Fantin-Latour, Caspar David Friedrich, Henry Fuseli, Henry de Groux, Ferdinand Hodler, Arthur Hughes, Fernand Khnopff, Gustav Klimt, Frederic Lord Leighton, Margaret Macdonald, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Frances MacNair, Xavier Mellery, Sir John Everett Millais, Albert Moore, Gustave Moreau, Alphonse Osbert, Samuel Palmer, Armand Point, Gaetano Previati, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Odilon Redon, Sir William Blake Richmond, Félicien Rops, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Carlos Schwabe, Moritz Ludwig von Schwind, Giovanni Segantini, James Smetham, Simeon Solomon, Franz von Stuck, Jan Toorop, Mikhail Vrubel, George Frederic Watts, Albert Welti, Antoine Wiertz
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