The Symbolist art movement of the late nineteenth century forms an important bridge between Impressionism and Modernism. But because Symbolism, more than the two movements it links, emphasizes ideas over objects and events, it has suffered from vague and conflicting definitions. In Symbolist Art in Context, Michelle Facos offers a clearly written, comprehensive, and accessible description of this challenging subject. Reaching back into Romanticism for Symbolism's origins, Facos argues that Symbolism enabled artists (including Munch and Gauguin) to confront an increasingly uncertain and complex world—one to which pessimists responded with themes of decadence and degeneration and optimists with idealism and reform.
Symbolist Art in Context
About the Book
“The book contains a great deal of useful information and will prove a valuable textbook.”—Burlington Magazine
“This book offers a straightforward definition of Symbolism as the starting point for investigating a complex and imprecisely understood art movement.”—Nordicum-Mediterraneum
Table of Contents
Introduction: What Is Symbolist Art?
3 Decadence and Degeneration
4 Idealism, Religion, and Reform
5 Contested Gender
6 National Romanticism
7 Promoting Symbolist Art
8 Symbolist Currents
in the Twentieth Century
List of Illustrations