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Introduction
Romanticism

Surrealism

Symbolism

Originated in France (late 19th
century)
Loosely defined movement in art…...
Introduction
Borrowed
images from
symbolist
writings

Common
themes
 Sexuality/Nudity

Biblical
references &
ancient myth...
Symbolism: death, evil,
mysterious
Well-known artists
for this type of
symbolisms

Jean
Delville

Belgian symbolist: 1867-...
Symbolism: death, evil,
mysterious

Aura: Enlighten,
developed to another
stage
Upward gaze

Hot colors: earthly fires
of ...
Symbolism: death, evil,
mysterious
Well-known artists for
this type of symbolisms

Jean Delville

Swiss-German symbolist: ...
Symbolism: death, evil,
mysterious

Skeleton: death, dark
spirit, mortality life?

Darker colors:
mysterious, unexplained...
Symbolism: death, evil,
mysterious

Island of the Dead (1883
Title of the picture
(tranquil place)
Cypress Tree

White-dra...
Symbolism and Mythology
•
•

Biblical and Greek mythology continues
Symbolists
- mythology &dream >> visual language of so...
Jason and Medea
• Title : Jason and medea (1865) oil on canvas
Butterflies

Clenched hand and
Size of medea
Broken spear a...
Oedipus and the sphinx
• Title : Oedipus and the sphinx (1864) Oil on
canvas
• The position of sphinx : more prominent tha...
Félicien Rops
(July 7, 1833 - August 23, 1898)
Belgian artist

Lover of the fantastic and the supernatural
Symbolic themes...
Pornokrates" (1896)
Blindfolded

Pig with
the golden
tail  Men
Franz Stuck
• (February 24, 1863 - August 30, 1928)
• German Symbolist/Art Nouveau painter,
sculptor, engraver, and archit...
Femme Fatale
• “Deadly woman"
• Alluring and seductive woman whose
charms ensnare(lure) her lovers in bonds
of irresistibl...
The Sin (1893)
The Sin (1893)
• Femme Fatale  dangers of the destructive
female temptation
• The snake has a threatening open mouth, whi...
Symbolism & Women
1. Femme Fatale versus Angelic
woman
–

–

seductive woman whose charms spurs irresistible
desire, often...
Angelic Woman

• Wings of
angels is a
symbol of
Sainthood
• Sunlight is the
opposite
meaning of
darkness
Maurice Denis – A...
Femme Fatale
Sphinx or leopard body:
Represents a hybrid monster, sin, and
cruelty

Scepter: Power and
status

Fernand Khn...
Virgin girl as a symbol

Background:
Ruin city walls
in the midst of
devastation
after the
FrancoPrussian war

Association...
Motherhood

• Woman & child

constitutes an
equally prevalent,
time honored
theme
• Individual
identities are
transformed ...
Femme Fatale

• Fertility
goddess Diana of
Ephesus
• Tempting
feminine figure
• Poised in her
dance holding a
lotus flower...
Les Diaboliques (1886)
symbolism
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  • (Pig=Men: role of women in the society was limited, Men have the leading role)
  • Or… a naked woman, blindfolded, wearing only black stockings, gloves and shoes, walking on a marble stage, being lead by a pig on a leash.....lucre [N] ผลกำไรเป็นเงิน steer [VI] นำทาง Syn. Direct/Related. ถือพวงมาลัยbestial [ADJ] โหดร้ายและน่าขยะแขยง composure [N] ความสงบของจิตใจ Syn. equanimity; tranquillityruthless [ADJ] ไร้ความปรานี Syn. cruel; merciless; pitilessThree loves - ancient loves - vanish in tears (...) I did this in four days in a room of blue satin, in an overheated apartment, full of different smells, where the opopanax and cyclamen gave me a slight fever conducive towards production or even towards reproduction".
  • Or… a naked woman, blindfolded, wearing only black stockings, gloves and shoes, walking on a marble stage, being lead by a pig on a leash.....lucre [N] ผลกำไรเป็นเงิน steer [VI] นำทาง Syn. Direct/Related. ถือพวงมาลัยbestial [ADJ] โหดร้ายและน่าขยะแขยง composure [N] ความสงบของจิตใจ Syn. equanimity; tranquillityruthless [ADJ] ไร้ความปรานี Syn. cruel; merciless; pitilessThree loves - ancient loves - vanish in tears (...) I did this in four days in a room of blue satin, in an overheated apartment, full of different smells, where the opopanax and cyclamen gave me a slight fever conducive towards production or even towards reproduction".
  • Or… a naked woman, blindfolded, wearing only black stockings, gloves and shoes, walking on a marble stage, being lead by a pig on a leash.....lucre [N] ผลกำไรเป็นเงิน steer [VI] นำทาง Syn. Direct/Related. ถือพวงมาลัยbestial [ADJ] โหดร้ายและน่าขยะแขยง composure [N] ความสงบของจิตใจ Syn. equanimity; tranquillityruthless [ADJ] ไร้ความปรานี Syn. cruel; merciless; pitilessThree loves - ancient loves - vanish in tears (...) I did this in four days in a room of blue satin, in an overheated apartment, full of different smells, where the opopanax and cyclamen gave me a slight fever conducive towards production or even towards reproduction".
  • To be contemporary, modern, to live your era to its full, to penetrate into the feelings, the ideas of the time and to give them expression and shape, this was the essential approach of Rops.
  • Symbolism in art and fashion

    1. 1. symbolism gIRL Suneel Talekar-M. Sc. Fashion Design s bOY
    2. 2. Introduction Romanticism Surrealism Symbolism Originated in France (late 19th century) Loosely defined movement in art… (darker sides of Romanticism) “Art should show more absolute truths which could only be seen indirectly” Mysterious, ambiguous interpretations of emotions using symbols Significant influence on expressionism, surrealism Dream s Spirituality Imagination
    3. 3. Introduction Borrowed images from symbolist writings Common themes  Sexuality/Nudity Biblical references & ancient myth Traditional Approach Biblical events Angels  Source of inspiration   Women/Motherhoo d Bright colors/graphics     Dark spirits/ Death Gods/Goddess Ancient Myth Characters
    4. 4. Symbolism: death, evil, mysterious Well-known artists for this type of symbolisms Jean Delville Belgian symbolist: 1867-1953 Symbolist painter, writer, occultist, Arnold Bocklin
    5. 5. Symbolism: death, evil, mysterious Aura: Enlighten, developed to another stage Upward gaze Hot colors: earthly fires of passion & sensuality Upward triangle: perfect human knowledge, achieved through magic Mood: mystery, intrigue, magical, supernatural Mediumistic character “Mysteriosa” Jean Deville (1892) (Portrait of Mrs. Stuart Merrill)
    6. 6. Symbolism: death, evil, mysterious Well-known artists for this type of symbolisms Jean Delville Swiss-German symbolist: 1827-1901 He had 11 children and 5 of them died in infancy Arnold Bocklin
    7. 7. Symbolism: death, evil, mysterious Skeleton: death, dark spirit, mortality life? Darker colors: mysterious, unexplained, secretive Fiddle vs. Violin Gaze: entranced, worried, stressful , determined Art is what keeps him going.. (pleasant-feeling) Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 4 in G Major Self-Portrait with Death playing the fiddle (1872)
    8. 8. Symbolism: death, evil, mysterious Island of the Dead (1883 Title of the picture (tranquil place) Cypress Tree White-drape coffin Contrasting on the boat colors Immobility, withdrawal, disassociation
    9. 9. Symbolism and Mythology • • Biblical and Greek mythology continues Symbolists - mythology &dream >> visual language of soul - symbols >> personal, private, obscure, and ambiguous Gustave Moreau (1826-1898) - symphonic poems - bright, jewel-like color, luxurious effect - woman >> destruction and chaos (mostly)
    10. 10. Jason and Medea • Title : Jason and medea (1865) oil on canvas Butterflies Clenched hand and Size of medea Broken spear and the beast Vial of magic, serpent, garland of flowers
    11. 11. Oedipus and the sphinx • Title : Oedipus and the sphinx (1864) Oil on canvas • The position of sphinx : more prominent than Oedipus, full of details, latches on Oedipus’ s chest • Oedipus’s immobile and expressionless : the man is too helpless to fight in the world full with terrible things • The sphinx’s expression : anxious •The cloudy bluish-gray sky : the fate of Oedipus
    12. 12. Félicien Rops (July 7, 1833 - August 23, 1898) Belgian artist Lover of the fantastic and the supernatural Symbolic themes such as the devil, skeletons, the prostitute, and death dominated his work Many demonstrated his belief that women dominated men and the devil dominated women.... Woman is Satan’s accomplice, provokes the most extreme vices and torments in Man
    13. 13. Pornokrates" (1896) Blindfolded Pig with the golden tail  Men
    14. 14. Franz Stuck • (February 24, 1863 - August 30, 1928) • German Symbolist/Art Nouveau painter, sculptor, engraver, and architect • His seductive female nudes, in the role of the femme fatale, are a prime example of popular Symbolist content
    15. 15. Femme Fatale • “Deadly woman" • Alluring and seductive woman whose charms ensnare(lure) her lovers in bonds of irresistible desire.. • Leading them into dangerous and deadly situations • She is an archetypal character of literature and art
    16. 16. The Sin (1893)
    17. 17. The Sin (1893) • Femme Fatale  dangers of the destructive female temptation • The snake has a threatening open mouth, while the woman looks provocatively at the viewer • The symbolic content implies the danger of sexual desire as personified by the mysterious seductress • The title invokes a reminder of the repression of sexual desire caused by religious mandate
    18. 18. Symbolism & Women 1. Femme Fatale versus Angelic woman – – seductive woman whose charms spurs irresistible desire, often leading them into compromising, dangerous and deadly situations Naïve, angel-like woman who portrays a sense of purity 2. Female biological life-cycle – – Virginity Motherhood
    19. 19. Angelic Woman • Wings of angels is a symbol of Sainthood • Sunlight is the opposite meaning of darkness Maurice Denis – Annunciation (1912)
    20. 20. Femme Fatale Sphinx or leopard body: Represents a hybrid monster, sin, and cruelty Scepter: Power and status Fernand Khnopff -The Caresses (1896)
    21. 21. Virgin girl as a symbol Background: Ruin city walls in the midst of devastation after the FrancoPrussian war Association of Virginity with: - Truth - Purity - Strength Nakedness: pure, simple, and nothing to disguise Olive & White robe: Peace Puvis de Chavannes - Hope
    22. 22. Motherhood • Woman & child constitutes an equally prevalent, time honored theme • Individual identities are transformed to become symbols of emotional state of motherhood Roses: Love that can defeat everything and unfaltering Eugene Carriere – Tendresse
    23. 23. Femme Fatale • Fertility goddess Diana of Ephesus • Tempting feminine figure • Poised in her dance holding a lotus flower • Powerfully mysterious & exotic • The use of attractive female imagery to suggest lust, death, and destruction Gustave Moreau – Salome (1876)
    24. 24. Les Diaboliques (1886)
    25. 25. symbolism
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