Symbolism DEW1

Symbolism was an artistic movement that suggested meaning through symbols and emphasized the meaning behind the forms, shapes, and colors. It portrays a romantic spin on real life. Some of the artists of this time period include Aubrey Beardsley, Gustave Klimt, and Edvard Munch.

The driving of Cupid from the garden preparatory drawing for the cover design of 'The Savoy', no.3, July 1896, Aubrey BEARDSLEY, 1896, From the collection of: Art Gallery of South Australia
Beardsley is known for his use of black and white. He uses very fine points of a pen or paintbrush, but is also able to capture the erotic and real life nature of his time. Although this painting appears to be simple, there is a great deal of detail in the garden behind him, and on the facial expression of the characters.
Ali Baba (Cover design for "The Forty Thieves"), Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, 1897, From the collection of: Harvard Art Museums
This is one of Beardsley's most powerful and famous drawings. The size and hugeness of Ali Baba's body is portrayed in the simplist way. He almost seems to blend in with the background. Beardsley was a very enlightened man interested in the arts, so it was common for him to draw characters from books and novels.
Judith II Salomè, Gustav Klimt, 1909 - 1909, From the collection of: Ca' Pesaro - Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna
Klimt is known for his skewed way of drawing, it resembles cubism, andappearto be all over the place.This particular painting is of Judith II from the bible. She decapitated Holofernes, and Klimt is trying to portray her of getting enjoyment from the killing. SHe looks lustful, and dazed.
Portrait of a Young Woman Reclining, Gustav Klimt, 1897 - 1898, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
In this faint drawing the young woman bears a noticeable resemblance to Sonja Knips, a Viennese socialite whose portrait Klimt painted during the same period. Her soft feature, innocence, and erotic expression is what is used as symbolism, which played a major part in Klimts success.
The Scream, Edvard Munch, 1910, From the collection of: The Munch Museum, Oslo
This could be mentioned as one of the most famous paintings in all of history. It perfectly portrays Munch's ability to blend color and bring on a slightly frightening painting. So many questions follow this painting, "who is he?" "why is he screaming?" and I believe that's exactly what Munch wanted you to think about. It also shows how his style resembles Van Gogh's Stary Night.
The Voice / Summer Night, Edvard Munch, 1896, From the collection of: The Munch Museum, Oslo
Much was known for using colors to represent his feelings. This is a one in a series of Summer Night paintings that take you through self questioning and adolecent sexual awakening. This painting also makes the viewer question where they are and what's going on.
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