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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 133 ART THROUGH THE AGES

Symbolism

OPENING THE MIND’S EYE

 

Deliberately embracing ambiguity, the Symbolists rejected the reality of nature celebrated in the past movements of Impressionism and Realism. As the Industrial Age drastically changed the economic and cultural landscape of Europe, the Symbolists turned to fantasy and used dream logic to guide their art. Their dreamscape images were inspired by the darker sides of Romanticism and the Pre-Raphaelites. Severed heads, the femme fatal, spirits, and monsters were some of the subjects they used to convey a morbid fascination with the unknowable subconscious. They excavated classic ...

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