Art from 1848-1907: Symbolism and Art Nouveau

This series of lectures explores the artistic shift in the 1880s that turned away from Impressionism and into Symbolism and Art Nouveau. There was a sense that Impressionism had been too tied to the materialism of middle-class culture and Symbolists turned toward the interior self, dreams, and myth. Symbolists belonged to groups of artists who broke away (or seceded) from the art establishment in their respective countries, to hold their own exhibitions. For example, Klimt belonged to the Vienna Secession (he was its first president), Khnopff to a similar group in Belgium called Lex XX (The Twenty), and Stuck co-founded the Munich Secession.