Category Archives: Symbolism

Jakub Schikaneder, Prague (1855-1922)

This is a view of the gorgeous Charles Bridge.

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Jakub Schikaneder, Prague (1855-1922), Dead Girl

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Jan Toorop, Fatalism

Dutch-Indonesian painter, here during his Art Nouveau phase. Klimt-like but darker.

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Puvis de Chauvannes, St. Sebastian, 19th c.

Saint Sebastian (died c. 288) was an early Christian saint and martyr. According to Christian belief, he was killed during the Roman emperor Diocletian‘s persecution of Christians. He is commonly depicted in art and literature tied to a post or tree and shot with arrows.

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Agostino Arrivabene, Orpheus

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Agostino Arrivabene

Style is derivative of some artists I recognize: Ernst Fuchs, various Renaissance/Medieval, Blake, and Puvis de Chauvannes. But I think when many influences melt together, this makes a new welcome variant.

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William Blake, Beatrice Addressing Dante, 1827

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Edvard Munch, The Three Stages of Woman, 1894

Munch remains my favorite artist. The flow of lines is exquisite. The morbidity of his works is from his life, similar to Edgar Allen Poe’s, as he, like Poe, experienced the loss of his mother (at age 5) from tuberculosis. Then his … Continue reading

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Richard Tennant Cooper, Syphilis, 1912

Related to this painting, a frightening 2006 version of Dracula by the BBC featured Lucy’s husband Jonathan as suffering from inherited syphilis. This turn of the century gouache stylistically echoes Munch’s 1895 The Three Stages of Woman. Femme fatale theme … Continue reading

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Franz von Stuck, The Sin, 1893

He had the dubious distinction as Hitler’s favorite painter, but we must not hold that against him.

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