"the French school of Symbolistes"

Symbolism was a late 19th century movement, originating in France and Belgium. The symbolists sought to capture absolute truths, elevating the humble above the ideal by evoking a response through metaphor and symbolic meaning rather than providing descriptions. Notable artists of the period include the painter Gustav Klimt.

Symbolism would go on to influence modernist writers of the 20th century such as T.S. Eliot.


The Caress
Public DomainThe Caress - Credit: Fernand Khnopff