Thursdays, 11am - 12:30pm

First Class: Thursday 26th September 2019
No Class: Thursday 31st October 2019
Last Class: Thursday 5th December 2019


art nouveau


Often associated with the umbrella term Fin de Siècle, Symbolism in the visual arts advocated the expression of an idea over the realistic description of the natural world. Most late-19th-century Symbolist artists experienced the socio-political and moral upheaval that was prevalent at the time, resulting in work which represented imaginary dream worlds populated with mysterious figures from literature, the bible and mythology. The use of obscure symbols and subjects related to the perceived decadence of the period.

The works of artists from many countries shared in this vision to varying degrees but the course will begin in France, (where the term 'Symbolism' was first used to describe this sense of pessimism) but also consider artists working in Belgium and England. The influence of formal elements from Symbolist art (the curved line, the sinuous ornamental motifs) can be found in the new architectural style (Art Nouveau) which emerged in the late 19th century. This was also international, and we shall explore examples in the second half of the course.


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