Collection: Symbolism

Symbolism was a European art movement that emerged in the late 19th century as a reaction against the realism and materialism of the industrial age. It was characterized by a focus on the imagination, dreams, and the irrational, and a rejection of the objective reality of the world.Symbolist artists sought to create works that were highly symbolic and evocative, often using mythical or mystical themes. They emphasized the emotional and psychological experience of the viewer, rather than the objective representation of the world.The movement had a significant impact on the development of modern art, influencing many later movements such as Surrealism and Expressionism. Its legacy can be seen in the work of many modern artists who continue to explore the power of symbols and the imagination in their art.