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An Apparition by Fountain
by French Symbolist School

£5,750.00

GBP Pound Sterling

Country of origin: France

Medium: Oil on canvas

Signed: No visible signature

Dated: c. 1900

Condition: Relined c. 1940 - some small retouches visible under UV inspection

Size: 18.00" x 15.00" (45.7cm x 38.1cm)

Framed size: 26.00" x 23.00" (66.0cm x 58.4cm)

Provenance: Private french collection

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Symbolism was a late nineteenth-century art movement of French, Russian and Belgian origin in poetry and other arts seeking to represent absolute truths symbolically through metaphorical images and language mainly as a reaction against naturalism and realism.

In literature, the style originates with the 1857 publication of Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal. The works of Edgar Allan Poe, which Baudelaire admired greatly and translated into French, were a significant influence and the source of many stock tropes and images. The aesthetic was developed by Stéphane Mallarmé and Paul Verlaine during the 1860s and 1870s. In the 1880s, the aesthetic was articulated by a series of manifestos and attracted a generation of writers. The term "symbolist" was first applied by the critic Jean Moréas, who invented the term to distinguish the Symbolists from the related Decadents of literature and of art.

Distinct from, but related to, the style of literature, symbolism in art is related to the gothic component of Romanticism and Impressionism.