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The Symbolist movement spanned European nations and creative genres in the final decades of the nineteenth century. First writers, then visual artists, sought to “clothe the idea in sensuous form,” as Jean Moréas wrote in his 1886 Symbolist manifesto. More a sensibility than a single artistic style, Symbolism evoked feeling, meaning, and intangible qualities rather than describing the visible world. Drawn from the Blanton’s collection of works on paper, this exhibition examines Symbolism’s development and its conceptual and aesthetic innovations, which would have a lasting impact on twentieth-century art.

This exhibition is organized by Claire Howard, Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Blanton Museum of Art

Odilon Redon
Serpent-Auréole (Serpent-Halo), 1890 (detail)
Lithograph and transfer lithograph on chine appliqué
20 13/16 in. x 19 5/8 in. (52.8 cm x 49.8 cm)
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase from the Severin Wunderman Collection Fund, 1997

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