The author is a retired attorney but still producing artist.This is a complete presentation on Symbolism Art History, which is highly visual and thoroughly annotated. Many actual slides are shown on this page.EXCERPTS:SYMBOLISM~turn of the century (19-20th) European movement in literature, theatre, music and painting. ~Prime years were 1880-1910 with overlap on both poles.~akin to the Pre-Raphaelites, Romantics and Aesthetics. ~a reaction against naturalism and realism. ~Symbolists explored their imagination, dreams, and unconscious selves.~were drawn to metaphoric imagery, suggestive forms and symbolic meaning.~intellectual expressionism using messages and esoteric references. ~narrative content dominated.Odilon Redon : "I painted an object down to the smallest accidents of its visual appearance; but the day left me sad and with an unsatiated thirst. The next day I let the other source run, that of imagination, through the recollection of the forms, and I was then reassured and appeased.”Edvard Munch: most well-known work is "The Scream" which was conceived thusly: ”I was walking down the road with 2 friends when the sun set; suddenly, the sky turned as red as blood. I stopped and leaned against the fence, feeling unspeakably tired. Tongues of fire and blood stretched over the bluish black fjord. My friends went on walking, while I lagged behind, shivering with fear. Then I heard the enormous, infinite scream of nature."Hugo Simberg: "The Wounded Angel" is his most famous painting and is extremely well known in his native Finland. The Finnish band Nightwish’s 2007 music video, "Amaranth", is based on "The Wounded Angel".