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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A Fragment - George Frederick Watts - www.symbolism-in-art.org
A Fragment
George Frederick Watts
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
The Three Fates - Elihu Vedder - www.symbolism-in-art.org
The Three Fates
Elihu Vedder
Anemones - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Anemones
Odilon Redon
Christ With Red Thorns - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Christ With Red Thorns
Odilon Redon
Lucifer - Franz von Stuck - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Lucifer
Franz von Stuck
Study for Fresco of Coriolanus for Bowood House, c... - George Frederick Watts - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Study for Fresco of Coriolanus for Bowood House, c...
George Frederick Watts
Alenushka - Viktor Vasnetsov - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Alenushka
Viktor Vasnetsov
Orpheus And Eurydice Detail - George Frederick Watts - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Orpheus And Eurydice Detail
George Frederick Watts
Hesiod Listening To The Inspiration Of The Muse - Edmond-Francois Aman-Jean - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Hesiod Listening To The Inspiration Of The Muse
Edmond-Francois Aman-Jean
Vita Somnium Breve  1888 - Arnold Böcklin - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Vita Somnium Breve 1888
Arnold Böcklin
Convicts leaving Saint Martin de Re for the penal colony... - A. R. Moritz - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Convicts leaving Saint Martin de Re for the penal colony...
A. R. Moritz

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