Symbolism 1880-1910 ("The Scream" EdvArd Munch. 1893)

The Sybolism movement was a time when artists dabbled in religious mysticism, the perverse, the erotic, or the decedent natures of life. Their subjects often pictured the accult or the Dreamworld and often had morbid or melancholy tones. It was focused on ideas the paintings presented more that the physical art itself.

"I painted impressions from my childhood ... by painting the colors and lines and shapes I had seen in moments of emotion - I tried once again, as on a gramophone, to reawaken the vibrant emotions." Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch was born in December 12, 1863 in the town of Loton, Norway. When he started to become interested in art, he moved to Paris to learn from the masters. He is known for his works of the symbolic era, most notably, the Scream. He later moved to Berlin where a gallery displayed his work. He died January 23, 1944.

"Anxiety" 1894, Edvard Munch

Much was a member of an interconnected web of artists. He was friends with artists such as Jaeger, Krohg, Marc, Strindberg, Linote, and Rossnblaum. He influenced artists who cameos after him like Manet, Gaugin, vanGaugh, and Seurat. He influenced movements as well like Naturalism, Impressionism, Postimpressionism, pointillism and symbolism.

"Tahitian Women on the Beach" Paul Gauguin 1891

Paul Gauguin was born June 7, 1848 in Paris France. He moved around for the majority of his life from Paris to Lima Peru, to Orleans, to Copenhagen, and to the Caribbean. He was depressed for most of his life and practically abandoned his family in Copenhagen. He worked with oil paints. He died May 8, 1903.

"The painting of Sunflowers" Gauguin. 1888

Other important Artists of the time were James Whistler, Gustave Moreau, and Odilon Redon.

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