Discussion of treatment of women at the fin de siecle it was uite a stretch to include her and devote an entire chapter to her work I m not even a fan of including Gauguin among the Symbolists simply because he used symbolism in his paintings although I realize I m in the minority with that view and at least he was invited to exhibit with Les XX I did appreciate that she didn t resort to using Elizabeth Siddal as another example of a woman working at the
#TIME THERE IS A WORTHWHILE CHAPTER #There is a worthwhile chapter to the brilliant and freuently overlooked but also not particularly Symbolist Camille Claudel But overall This Book Was A Disappointment. book was a disappointment. Inate the Symbolist construction of a feminized aesthetic that nonetheless excluded female artists from its realm Along the way Mathews excluded female artists from its realm Along the way Mathews important new readings of the art of such Symbolists as Gauguin van Gogh and Moreau as well as that of their female contemporaries Camille Claudel and Suzanne Valado. Where the names of artists were wrong Jean Delville is listed as Paul Delville in the text Jean Delville in the illustrations and is listed under both names in the index Fernand Khnopff s name is repeatedly is listed under both names in the index Fernand Khnopff s name is repeatedly Ferdnand and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes is listed as Puvis Pierre de Chavannes at the end of the book Small issues but a distracting one that made me take the entire book much less seriously I also think it is really disingenuous to list Suzanne Valadon as a Symbolist using the very weak argument that she paints using a woman as nature theme She is obviously a Post Impressionist and while the author uses her to lead into Maudit a creative mad genius exhibiting an emotional state of heightened awareness and passionate discontent female artists displaying similar symptoms were dismissed as hystericalArt historian Patricia Mathews traverses the artistic social and scientific discourses of fin de siècle France in order to illum. .
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Because this is such Specialized And Highly Academic Text and highly academic text not beach reading I m going be critical than I would with less academic books about Symbolism Frankly I don t think the author has a great understanding of the Symbolist movement There were many works and ideas included that were not particularly Symbolist in nature and many of her discussion points seemed to be about the era in general rather than the Symbolist movement After reading the bibliography it made a bit sense the lengthy bibliography contains many books about the end of the 19th century but only a handful about the Symbolists I found three places. Passionate Discontent is an erudite study of the relationship between gender and genius in late nineteenth century French Symbolism Born in an era of crisis the Symbolist art movement was characterized by withdrawal to a mystical antibourgeois world of the mind and spirit While Symbolists idealized the poète. .