The return of Symbolism

Clothing the idea in sensuous form

Jane Clark


Australian Symbolism: The Art of Dreams
by Denise Mimmocchi
Art Gallery of New South Wales, $35 hb, 159 pp, 9781741740769


Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Symbolist Landscape in Europe 1880–1910
by Richard Thomson, Frances Fowle, and
Rodolphe Rapetti
Mercatorfonds, £19.95 pb, 208 pp, 9781906270544


This year is proving a good one for Symbolism. An international conference entitled ‘Redefining European Symbolism’ was held at the Musée d’Orsay in April, followed shortly afterwards by four days on ‘The Symbolist Movement: Its Origins and Consequences’ at the University of Illinois, in Springfield. A third conference is planned for October at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh to coincide with the exhibition Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Symbolist Landscape in Europe 1880–1910 (14 July–14 October); shown first at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam as Dreams of  Nature: Symbolism from Van Gogh to Kandinsky and concluding at the Ateneum Museum, Helsinki. Meanwhile, Australian Symbolism: The Art of Dreams has recently finished at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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Jane Clark

Jane Clark

Jane Clark was Curator of Major Special Exhibitions and of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria; then Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s in Australia; and is now Senior Research Curator at MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Australia’s largest private museum.

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