The Symbolist Movement: Its Origins and Its Consequences

April 25 - 28, 2012 | Allerton Park | Monticello, Illinois

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In Memory of Dr. Caryl Moy
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THE CONFERENCE

European Symbolism--a complex movement that started in England with the English Pre-Raphaelites, moved to France, back to England to manifest itself in the movement of the Aesthetes, and then occupied an important place in Russian culture--encompassed literature, art, music, and intellectual thought. Read more

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THE KEYNOTES
Rosina NeginskyEdward Burne-Jones' The Sirens: Magical Whispers

This presentation will analyze the symbolism of the Sirens as creatures of water in the spectacular painting of the Pre-Raphaelite artist, Edward Burne-Jones, The Sirens (1870, at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida). The dual symbolism of the water–source of life and death is paralleled to the Symbolist concept of femme fatale. Sirens are hybrid creatures, half animal half woman with strong feminine identities (Fig. 1). Beginning in 1870, Burne-Jones commences painting this theme, reworking it in 1880, 1891, 1895 and 1896. Despite his many attempts to complete the work, it remains unfinished at his death in 1898. Read more about Liana De Girolami Cheney

Dominique Jarrassé La sculpture symboliste entre fluidité lumineuse et ombres expressionnistes

Using a few symbolist works by Dampt, Vallgren, Bartholomé, Saint-Marceaux, Biegas ou Aronson I would like to explore the nature of the Symbolist language. There are two concurent options that translate Symbolist sculptural expression. The first is the fluidity which manifests itself presenting forms in full light as a part of the Symbolism which could be considered idealist. Read more about Dominique Jarrassé

THE VENUE
English Program websiteWith 1,500 acres of beautiful scenery including formal gardens, unique sculptures, natural areas, hiking trails, a century-old Georgian-style Mansion, and much more... Allerton Park and Retreat Center is a destination unlike any other. Read more about the venue

 

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