Decadence and Dark Dreams

Belgian Symbolism


This book is not yet published, but will be available from January 2021.

ISBN: 9783777435244 Category:

Ales Nationalgalerie Berlin, Musées Royaux Brussels


Sensuousness, magic, a profound momentousness and irrationality are the hallmarks of the new art movement of Belgian Symbolism, which emerged during the 1880s. From Georg Minne and Félicien Rops to Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor, the portraits, figure paintings and landscapes revealed a fascination with the eerie and the nefarious, with Thanatos und Eros.

The remarkable feature of Belgian Symbolism is its predilection for the morbid and the bizarre. Death and decay became leitmotifs in art. In around 1900, artists tried to link a new mysticism with an extravagant and precious style. The central figure in this context was the femme fatale as an expression of excess and lust, often paired with echoes of the esoteric and the demonic. Many stimuli for European Symbolism had their origins in Belgium. This wide-ranging and lavishly illustrated volume examines this phenomenon.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 24 x 28 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 1 January 2021
Number of pages 124
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Ralph Gleis
Dimensions 24 x 28 cm
Weight 300 g