Symbolism & Art Nouveau

Gustave Moreau, Salome dancing before Herod, 1876, oil on canvas, 56.5 in × 41.1 in. Image: Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles
Learn more about this symbolist painter's enigmatic depictions of one of his favorite subjects—Salome.

Gustave Moreau, Salome

Art Nouveau artists and designers created a completely new style of decoration.

Art Nouveau

Symbolist artists embraced the spiritual significance of art while rejecting science and objectivity.

The Nabis and Symbolism

Edvard Munch, The Storm - detail
The anxiety felt by the women waiting for husbands sailing on a stormy sea is almost tangible in Munch’s picture.

Edvard Munch, The Storm

Franz von Stuck, The Sin - detail
Entranced by the evil of the human psyche, we come face to face with art history’s creepiest snake.

Franz von Stuck, The Sin

Gustav Klimt, The Kiss- detail
With gold that recalls a Byzantine art, Klimt created a modern icon in this cosmic and eternal painting.

Gustav Klimt, The Kiss

Gustav Klimt, Death and Life- detail
Death comes to everyone—peasant, priest, or prince. Here, Death menaces interconnected bodies… with a club.

Gustav Klimt, Death and Life

Edvard Munch, The Scream - detail
Munch sought to express internal emotions, providing a visual equivalent for a universal human experience.

Edvard Munch, The Scream