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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Autumn - Lucien Levy-Dhurmer - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Autumn
Lucien Levy-Dhurmer
A Fragment - George Frederick Watts - www.symbolism-in-art.org
A Fragment
George Frederick Watts
Lucifer - Franz von Stuck - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Lucifer
Franz von Stuck
Apollos Chariot5 - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Apollos Chariot5
Odilon Redon
Tilling the Field near Domburg, Walcheren, 1908 - Franz von Stuck - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Tilling the Field near Domburg, Walcheren, 1908
Franz von Stuck
Anemones - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Anemones
Odilon Redon
The Green Death - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
The Green Death
Odilon Redon
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
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
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
Melancholy - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Melancholy
Odilon Redon

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