Symbolism

38 Discovered artists
Symbolism is a current in painting as well as sculpture, which flourished at the end of the 19th century. It follows the epoch of realism. As a demarcation to this style, the focus was placed on deeper elements of life. While realism attempted to transport a true-to-detail image of life and society, the artists of symbolism put the main emphasis on motifs that are not immediately comprehensible. At the same time, however, one wanted to forgo a transfiguration of objects or feelings, an approach that is characteristic of Romanticism. Instead, the understanding of symbolism contained that things in the world have a hard-to-penetrate core that is not recognizable with the naked eye.

As an object of painting, ancient or biblical motifs were often used. In addition, many works deal with themes such as death, dream or passion. These are subjects that are difficult to comprehend and leave much room for interpretation.

Among the most important artists of symbolism is Mikhail Alexandrovich Wrubel from Russia, who lived from 1856 to 1910. The Swiss painter Arnold Böcklin is also one of the most famous representatives of the Kunstepoche. Böcklin lived from 1827 to 1901 and created with the five-part series "Die Toteninsel" one of the most important works of symbolism.



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