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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Mrs Nassau Senior, Jane Elizabeth Hughes (1828-77)... - George Frederick Watts - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Mrs Nassau Senior, Jane Elizabeth Hughes (1828-77)...
George Frederick Watts
Portrait of Stratford Canning (1786-1880), Viscount... - George Frederick Watts - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Portrait of Stratford Canning (1786-1880), Viscount...
George Frederick Watts
Portrait Of Simone Fayet In Holy Communion - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Portrait Of Simone Fayet In Holy Communion
Odilon Redon
Portrait of Lady Ashburton (d.1857) - George Frederick Watts - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Portrait of Lady Ashburton (d.1857)
George Frederick Watts
Predistined Child - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Predistined Child
Odilon Redon
Portrait Of Madame Redon In Profile - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Portrait Of Madame Redon In Profile
Odilon Redon
Sketch for a portrait of Mrs Percy Wyndham, 1867-71 - George Frederick Watts - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Sketch for a portrait of Mrs Percy Wyndham, 1867-71
George Frederick Watts
Kashchei the Immortal. (1917–1928) - Viktor Vasnetsov - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Kashchei the Immortal. (1917–1928)
Viktor Vasnetsov

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