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THE SYMBOLIST ROOTS OF MODERN ART. Ed. by Michelle Facos and Thor J. Mednick. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham/Burlington, 2015. 277 pp. with 54 ills. (20 col.). 26 x 18 cm. LC 2015-519 ISBN 9781472419620 In English.
Publisher's description: With the words 'A new manifestation of art was ... expected, necessary, inevitable,' Jean Moreas announced the advent of the Symbolist movement in 1886. When Symbolist artists began experimenting in order to invent new visual languages appropriate for representing modern life in all its complexity, they set the stage for innovation in twentieth-century art. Rejecting what they perceived as the superficial descriptive quality of Impressionism, Naturalism, and Realism, Symbolist artists delved beneath the surface to express feelings, ideas, scientific processes, and universal truths. By privileging intangible concepts over perceived realities and by asserting their creative autonomy, Symbolist artists broke with the past and paved the way for the heterogeneity and penchant for risk-taking that characterizes modern art.
Indexing: Western, Europe — 1900-1945 — Painting — Symbolism
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 168276
Hardcover $109.95    

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