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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Closed Eyes - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Closed Eyes
Odilon Redon
Orpheus - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Orpheus
Odilon Redon
Cleopatra - Arnold Böcklin - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Cleopatra
Arnold Böcklin
The Irish Famine, 1850 - George Frederick Watts - www.symbolism-in-art.org
The Irish Famine, 1850
George Frederick Watts
Faun Whistling to a Blackbird  1875 - Arnold Böcklin - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Faun Whistling to a Blackbird 1875
Arnold Böcklin
Don Chepito Torero, from Les Aventues de Don Chepito - Jose Guadalupe Posada - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Don Chepito Torero, from Les Aventues de Don Chepito
Jose Guadalupe Posada
Joan Of Arc - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Joan Of Arc
Odilon Redon
'Can These Bones Live?' - George Frederick Watts - www.symbolism-in-art.org
'Can These Bones Live?'
George Frederick Watts
The Three Fates - Elihu Vedder - www.symbolism-in-art.org
The Three Fates
Elihu Vedder
A Symphony, cartoon from of Sir James Abbott McNeill... - Leslie Mathew Ward - www.symbolism-in-art.org
A Symphony, cartoon from of Sir James Abbott McNeill...
Leslie Mathew Ward
Christ With Red Thorns - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Christ With Red Thorns
Odilon Redon
Centaurs - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Centaurs
Odilon Redon

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