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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Mystical Conversation2 - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Mystical Conversation2
Odilon Redon
Vase Of Flowers7 - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Vase Of Flowers7
Odilon Redon
Small Bouquet In A Pitcher - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Small Bouquet In A Pitcher
Odilon Redon
The First Furrows, Haute Alsace or The Labourer, 1883 - Jean Henri Zuber - www.symbolism-in-art.org
The First Furrows, Haute Alsace or The Labourer, 1883
Jean Henri Zuber
Mrs G. F. Watts in a straw hat, 1887 - George Frederick Watts - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Mrs G. F. Watts in a straw hat, 1887
George Frederick Watts
Vase Of Flowers16 - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Vase Of Flowers16
Odilon Redon
Vase Of Poppies - Odilon Redon - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Vase Of Poppies
Odilon Redon
Kashchei the Immortal. (1917–1928) - Viktor Vasnetsov - www.symbolism-in-art.org
Kashchei the Immortal. (1917–1928)
Viktor Vasnetsov

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