Symbolism was a late nineteenth-century art movement of French and Belgian origin in poetry and other arts. In literature, the movement had its roots in Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil, 1857) by Charles Baudelaire. The works of Edgar Allan Poe, which Baudelaire greatly admired and translated into French, were a significant influence and the source of many stock tropes and images. The aesthetic was developed by Stephane Mallarme and Paul Verlaine during the 1860s and '70s. In the 1880s, the aesthetic was articulated through a series of manifestoes and attracted a generation of writers. The label "symbolist" itself comes from the critic Jean Moreas, who coined it in order to distinguish the symbolists from the related decadent movement in literature and art.

Distinct from, but related to, the movement in literature, symbolism in art represents an outgrowth of the darker, gothic side of Romanticism; but where Romanticism was impetuous and rebellious, symbolist art was static and hieratic.

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20th century Calavera - Jose Guadalupe Posada - www.symbolism-in-art.org
20th century Calavera
Jose Guadalupe Posada
Hope - George Frederick Watts - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Hope
George Frederick Watts
Calavera du jarabe doutretombe - Jose Guadalupe Posada - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Calavera du jarabe doutretombe
Jose Guadalupe Posada
Pallas Athena, 1898 - Franz von Stuck - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Pallas Athena, 1898
Franz von Stuck
A Panaszfal bejáratánál Jeruzsálemben, 1904 - Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry - www.symbolism-in-art.org
A Panaszfal bejáratánál Jeruzsálemben, 1904
Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry
The Cyclops - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
The Cyclops
Odilon Redon
A Panaszfal bejaratanal Jeruzsalemben (részlet-1)... - Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry - www.symbolism-in-art.org
A Panaszfal bejaratanal Jeruzsalemben (részlet-1)...
Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry
Reflection - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Reflection
Odilon Redon
Chrysalis - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Chrysalis
Odilon Redon
Struggle Between Woman And Centaur - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Struggle Between Woman And Centaur
Odilon Redon
Zrinyi kirohanása, 1903 - Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Zrinyi kirohanása, 1903
Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry
?z, 1893 - Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry - www.symbolism-in-art.org
?z, 1893
Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry

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