Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Symbolism: Redon, Von Struck and Moreau


An art movement which rejected the purely visual realism of the Impressionists, and the rationality of the Industrial Age, in order to depict the symbols of ideas. Influenced by Romanticism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, it thrived in France in the late nineteenth century, its influence spreading throughout much of Europe. Rather than the precise equivalents of ideas or emotions, its symbols were meant to be more mysterious, ambiguous suggestions of meanings. The work of one group, including Piérre Puvis de Chavannes (French, 1824-1898), Gustave Moreau (French, 1826-1898), and Odilon Redon (French, 1840-1916), took a literary approach, employing some of the imagery of Symbolist writers, including such icons as severed heads, monsters and glowing or smoky spirits, synthesized from elements of Bible stories and ancient myths. Later, the imaginative incongruities in these works were to influence the Surrealists. Another group, taking a formal approach, in which linear stylizations and innovative uses of color produced emotional effects, included Paul Gauguin (French, 1848-1903), Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890) and the Nabis.

Odilon Redon 
click on the link to go to the Redon online museum

The Buddha

The Gold Cell

Red Sphinx



 Oedipus and the Sphinx

The Dead Poet Borne by a Centaur


 clicking on the link above will take you to the Art History Archive entry for Franz Von Struck

February 24, 1863 - August 30, 1928)
 Symbolist/Art Nouveau, painter, sculptor, engraver and architect


 The Angel


  1. I learn so much here, thanks

    I love 'the gold cell' and 'the angel'

  2. Wow, you feed my mind eye and spirit.

    Aloha! Nice post today-

    Comfort Spiral

  3. Di and Cloudia (fluffy Cloudia :-):

    I hope it doesn't feel too "teachy-like". I should start a more radical rated blog of hilarious nude art. Surely someone would find it and consider me a pervert. Sigh.

    I'm really diggin' those symbolism dudes. Isn't the Gold Cell amazing? It has to do with that cobalt color, for me. I love color.

  4. Your posts remind me to feel good about being alive.

  5. Thankls for pointing me to this blog Pagan Sphinx. I like it very much. I love your art posts. It looks like our political views are pretty similar too.

    I agree wholeheartedly with you about that stupid assiumption that people who love art are snobs. My own background is working class immigrant too (Irish immigrants in England).

    I have added you to my blog list. I will definitely be back

  6. Hi, Sandy: that is a very dear thing to say. Thank you. :-)

    Hi, Jams: I'm glad you came here today. :-)

  7. Hey thanks for the comments on my blog, sorry it took a few days to get back to you. As far as camera's are concerned, well up until a couple days ago I only used a point and shoot camera as well (Canon SD-750). I just bought a Canon SLR but haven't had a chance yet to play around with it but from what I've heard it is amazing. Hope this helps and thanks again, I too enjoy your blog tremendously.

    Regina In Pictures

  8. You said:

    "I hope it doesn't feel too "teachy-like"".

    I am glad it might as I appreciate the lesson. I know nothing of art, especially the classic pieces you post. I am an eager student. Thanks so much.

    On my list of things to do on a cold boring day, go to the art museum.


  9. always love to see what you can gather here. great art.

  10. As I scroll through the first page of your blog, I find that I enjoy your taste in art, Very Much! In this post, The Buddha is amazing! As are the others. Thank you for sharing what you enjoy!


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