Symbolism

Symbolism

by Norbert Wolf
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

The year 1884 saw the appearance in Paris of a fin de sicle cult novel that was celebrated as an altogether perverse sensation on the European cultural scene. The title of the book was A Rebours (translated both as Against the Grain and Against Nature). Its author Joris-Karl Huysmans wrote it as a seductive textbook of decadence, as an antidote to banal naturalism

Overview

The year 1884 saw the appearance in Paris of a fin de sicle cult novel that was celebrated as an altogether perverse sensation on the European cultural scene. The title of the book was A Rebours (translated both as Against the Grain and Against Nature). Its author Joris-Karl Huysmans wrote it as a seductive textbook of decadence, as an antidote to banal naturalism or realism. Symbolism, whose influence was felt well into the modernist era, was an artistic religion-substitute, a spiritually charged cult of beauty. A Symbolist picture or sculpture is mysterious on purpose. In place of intellectual comprehension, the work seeks to have the beholder experience its mysterious depth like a vision. It is no wonder that Symbolists created some of the most fascinating artworks of their age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783822854822
Publisher:
Taschen America, LLC
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,036,621
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

NORBERT WOLF is an art historian and the author of several books, including the Erotic Sketchbooks of Klimt, Schiele, Rodin, Picasso, Rembrandt, Kokoschka, Matisse, Modigliani, and Degas, all available from Prestel. He lives in Munich, Germany.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >