Famous Symbolism Paintings

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List of famous Symbolism paintings, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. The Symbolism period was a cultural awakening in the art world, so it's no surprise it produced some of the most historic paintings in the history of the world. The works of art listed below are some of the most popular Symbolism paintings, so most of the artist's names who created these works will be very recognizable. Renowned paintings from the Symbolism period are showcased in museums all around the world, so save yourself an expensive vacation by simply scrolling through this list.

List is made up of pieces like The Death of the Gravedigger and Madonna.

This list answers the questions, “What are the most famous Symbolism paintings?” and “What are examples of Symbolism paintings?”
Desire and Satisfaction ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Symbolism Paintings
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"Desire and Satisfaction" (1893) is a painting by Dutch artist Jan Toorop. ...more on Wikipedia

Artist: Jan Toorop

Art Form: Painting

Period / Movement: Symbolist literature

King Cophetua and the Be... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Symbolism Paintings
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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

Madonna is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Symbolism Paintings
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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

Silhouette is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Symbolism Paintings
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Artist: Robert Cook

Subject: Woman, Figurative art, Female

Genres (Art): Portrait

Art Form: Painting

Period / Movement: Contemporary art, Symbolist literature