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The Greatest Works of Art Featuring Symbolism

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List of famous Symbolism artwork, listed alphabetically with photos when available. The Symbolism movement was an awakening in the world of art, producing new types of paintings and sculptures that the world had never seen before. This is a list of the most popular Symbolism art pieces, so art enthusiasts will likely recognize the names of the famous artists who created these pieces. These renowned pieces of Symbolism artwork are showcased in museums all over the world, so if you can't afford an expensive vacation then this list is a great substitute for seeing fine Symbolism art. In the chance that pictures of these historic Symbolism works of art aren't available, you can click on the name of the piece for more information.

Examples of pieces on this list include Madonna and Danaë. Featuring works from symbolist artists, this list has it all. 

If you want to know, "What is Symbolism art?" or "What are examples of Symbolism art?" then this list will answer your questions.
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  • The Yellow Christ
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    The Yellow Christ is a painting executed by Paul Gauguin in autumn 1889 in Pont-Aven. Together with The Green Christ, it is considered to be one of the key works of Symbolism in painting. Gauguin first visited Pont-Aven in 1886. He returned to the village in early 1888 to stay until mid-October, when he left to join Vincent van Gogh in Arles, for little more than two months. Early in 1889, Gauguin was back to Pont-Aven to stay there until spring 1890. It was only for a short visit in summer 1889 to Paris to see the Exposition universelle and to arrange the Volpini Exhibition that Gauguin interrupted this sojourn. Soon after his return to Pont-Aven he painted The Yellow Christ: The Yellow... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Paul Gauguin
    • Subject: Passion, Jesus Christ
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Symbolist literature
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  • Madonna is the usual title given to a composition by the Norwegian expressionist painter Edvard Munch. Munch painted several versions of the composition, showing a bare-breasted half-length female figure, between 1892 and 1895, using oils on canvas. He also produced versions in print form. The version owned by the Munch Museum of Oslo was stolen in 2004 but recovered two years later. Two other versions are owned by the National Gallery of Norway and the Kunsthalle Hamburg. Another one is owned by businessman Nelson Blitz, and one was bought in 1999 by Steven A. Cohen. The lithographic print of the composition is distinguished by a decorative border depicting wriggling sperm, with a... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Edvard Munch
    • Subject: Madonna
    • Genres (Art): Visionary art
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Expressionism, Symbolist literature
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  • Danaë
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    Danaë is an oil painting by Gustav Klimt, created in 1907. An example of Symbolism, the canvas measures 77 x 83 cm, and is in the Galerie Würthle in Vienna. Danaë was a popular subject in the early 1900s for many artists; she was used as the quintessential symbol of divine love, and transcendence. While imprisoned by her father, King of Argos, in a tower of bronze, Danaë was visited by Zeus, symbolized here as the golden rain flowing between her legs. It is apparent from the subject's face that she is aroused by the golden stream. In this work, she is curled in a royal purple veil which refers to her imperial lineage. Sometime after her celestial visitation she gave birth to a son, Perseus,... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Gustav Klimt
    • Subject: Danaë
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Symbolist literature
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  • King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid
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    "King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid" (1884) is a painting by British artist Edward Burne-Jones.... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Edward Burne-Jones
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Symbolist literature
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