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This is the first social history of the Symbolist movement, providing new definitions and theories for Symbolism and Decadence. Sharon Hirsh addresses issues such as spatial/street confrontations with the crowd, the diseased city, and the New Woman. Focusing on works by well known artists such as Van Gogh, Munch and Ensor, Hirsh also considers the works of artists who contributed in important ways to the Symbolist movement and the cities in which they worked.Read more
- First social history of Symbolism
- Focus on major artists, (Van Gogh, Munch, Toorop, Khnopff, Mellery, Ensor ) and city centers (Amsterdam, Oslo, Geneva, Brussels, Ostend, Bruges)
- Clarifies the storing social and theoretical sources to Modernism that existed in Symbolism
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"...The best book on symbolism in ages. Essential." CHOICE July 2005See more reviews
"Art historian Sharon L. Hirsh has provided students of modern European history with a new study of symbolism in an effort to "retrieve" symbolists from the intellectual wasteland of esoteric mysticism to which scholars have relegated them"
Patricia Tilburg, Journal of Modern History
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- Date Published: December 2004
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521810968
- length: 384 pages
- dimensions: 255 x 184 x 28 mm
- weight: 1.009kg
- contains: 110 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print June 2007
Table of Contents
2. Symbolist society
3. The de-structured city
4. The sick city
5. The city woman, or the should-be mother
6. City interiors and interiority
7. The ideal city, the dead city.
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