Time: 10.30 for 10.45 – 3.30
Venue: Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury WC1N 3AT
Tutor: Julian Halsby
Cost: £36 (including coffee)
Symbolism is a relatively unknown art movement and provides a fascinating alternative to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Symbolism has its roots in German Romanticism and the Pre-Raphaelite Movement, but develops a language of its own. Its themes include the femme fatale, the vampire, dreams, sexual fantasies, and nostalgia for a mythical past. Many of the artists suffered isolation and depression, but their work is exciting and original. The many artists discussed include Munch, Aubrey Beardsley, Redon, Puvis de Chavannes, Gauguin, Ensor, Khnopff, Klimt and Mucha. In conclusion Symbolism is related to both Art Nouveau and Surrealism.