The representation of subjects or ideas by use of a device or motif to create underlying meaning. A literary and artistic movement that originated in France and spread through much of Europe in the late 19th century. There was no consistent style but rather an appeal to the idea of the artist as mystic or visionary and the desire to express a world beyond superficial appearances.

Paul Gauguin Vision of the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel) 1888

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Paul Gauguin
1848 - 1903
Odilon Redon
1840 - 1916
Edvard Munch
1863 - 1944
Ferdinand Hodler
1853 - 1918
Maurice Denis
1870 - 1943
Edouard Vuillard
1868 - 1940