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Copy of Humanities 10: Symbolism

A presentation on the art of Symbolism by Jeffrey Ali.

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on 14 April 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Humanities 10: Symbolism

SYMBOLISM WHAT IS SYMBOLISM? Symbolism is a form of art
that began in the nineteenth
century. It's style focused on the
darker side of Romanticism.
As its name suggests, Symbolism
uses many symbols in paintings
to convey an allegorical meaning. "The Death of the Gravedigger"
by: Carlos Schwabe UNDERSTANDING SYMBOLISM To understand a painting of Symbolism,
it is necessary to not just look at the
painting literally. Nearly every detail in
a painting stands for something
more than itself. For example, taking the painting
"The Death of the Gravedigger", it is obvious
that there is an angel, snow, cemetery,
and a gravedigger. However, the more
important observation/concept should be
"what does the angel, snow, cemetery,
and gravedigger symbolize?"

In this case, all of these symbols come together
to form a theme of "longing to be anywhere,
other than this world." "The Death of the Gravedigger" "The Wounded Angel" "The Scream" "Isle of the Dead: Third Version" "Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?" "The Cyclops" "The Poor Fisherman" Carlos Schwabe Hugo Simberg Edvard Munch Arnold Böcklin Paul Gauguin Odilon Redon Another famous painting that contains symbolism is "The Wounded Angel" by Hugo Simberg. In the painting, two boys are carrying an angel who sits on a wooden stretcher. The boys look sad and solemn. The angel has blood on her wing, she is hanging her head down, and her eyes are covered with a bandage. Both the boys and the angel look defeated; the atmosphere in the painting is sad, but the beauty and the innocence of the angel help to lighten the mood. Pierre Puvis de Chavannes "The Wounded Angel" can have several different meanings. It could have symbolized Simberg himself for he was suffering with the disease of "meningitis" at the time when he was painting it. The painting could also have symbolized the time when Finland was under Russian rule. Finally, it could have simply symbolized "faith." The meaning depends on who is looking at it, and the interpretation, in the end, is in the eye of the beholder. "The Wounded Angel"
by: Hugo Simberg Gauguin indicated that this painting should be read from right to left, with the three major figure groups illustrating the questions posed in the title. The three women with a child represent the beginning of life. The middle group symbolizes the daily existence of young adulthood, and in the final group, according to him, "an old woman approaching death appears reconciled and resigned to her thoughts"; at her feet, "a strange white bird...represents the futility of words." The blue statue-like figure in the background represents what Gauguin described as "the Beyond." Symbolism was largely a reaction against naturalism and realism, which were attempts to represent reality in its gritty particularity, and to elevate the humble and the ordinary over the ideal. Symbolism was a reaction in favour of spirituality, the imagination, and dreams.

Symbolists believed that art should represent absolute truths which could only be described indirectly. Thus, they wrote in a very metaphorical and suggestive manner, endowing particular images or objects with symbolic meaning. Gauguin's painting is an emphasis of his post-impressionistic style. His art stressed the intense use of colors and thick brushstrokes, tenets of the impressionists. While it aimed to convey emotional and expressionistic strength, it emerged in conjunction with other cutting edge movements of the twentieth century, including cubism and fauvism. Modern Symbolism "Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?"
by: Paul Gauguin Symbolism began in the late 19th century, but its tenets of expressing absolute truths in ways only possible with symbols, have survived and
are still used today in art. Timothy Bootan,
a modern-day symbolist
painter. Famous
Artists Symbolism was one of the most influential
art movements because it took the phrase
"a picture is worth a thousand words" to new
heights. It allowed artists to express their ideas,
thoughts, and feelings in a completely different way.
This method of using allegorical symbols would
inspire many artists, writers, and musicans in their
work throughout the centuries that would follow. THE END The Art of Symbolism
Humanities 10
Created by: Jeffrey Ali and Vincent Cacal Conclusion This untitled piece of art on growing up was painted
by my cousin, Timothy Bootan, it features heavy usage of symbols
throughout the painting. First of all, it is centered on a wall to
symbolize that although we see people, we don't always
"see" them completely, as with a wall. On the left of the wall,
in dark colors (to symbolize the darker side of life), is a misguided
youth; he lives a life of solitude and the weapon he is holding
symbolizes his only form of security. In contrast,
on the right is another youth but his security is his family. The bright
colors symbolize a brighter side of life, the youth grows up without
violence and is instead attracted to music. Finally, the sky above the
wall is to symbolize the saying "the sky's the limit" and is possible for
all. However, in the case of the misguided youth, the sky is still there
but there is barbed-wire to symbolize that he cannot reach for it
if he continues living this way.
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