"Fine Art – Symbolist Period" contains two sets of images, hi-res for Retina displays and hi-def for other displays, of the most significant paintings created by twelve of the most prominent artists of that period. The originals of these revered works are to found in museums and private collections around the world.
Symbolism was a late nineteenth-century art movement of French, Russian and Belgian origin in poetry and other arts. In literature, the style had its beginnings with the publication Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil, 1857) by Charles Baudelaire. The works of Edgar Allan Poe, which Baudelaire admired greatly and translated into French, were a significant influence and the source of many stock tropes and images. Stéphane Mallarmé and Paul Verlaine developed the aesthetic during the 1860s and '70s.
In the 1880s, the aesthetic was articulated by a series of manifestos and attracted a generation of writers. The name "symbolist" itself was first applied by the critic Jean Moréas, who invented the term to distinguish the symbolists from the related decadents of literature and of art.
Distinct from, but related to, the style of literature, symbolism of art is related to the gothic component of Romanticism.
Any picture can be magnified and examined more closely with the “pinch to zoom” gesture common to many iPad apps.
To show or hide the information displayed with each picture, double tap the screen. Starting a Slideshow is accomplished by touching the "Play" button. "Swiping" the screen will move to either the next or previous picture image as will touching those same buttons beneath each display.
Touching the button with that label creates a selection of "Favorites". The buttons beneath the artist information display will either show the selected artists paintings, your favorite selections or all paintings by all artists.
The high-resolution images appearing in this application have been courteously supplied by Awesome Art, (http://www.awesome-art.biz/) a company that offers a variety of DVD's containing hundreds of digital reproductions of Fine Art.
Much of the descriptive material included here contains text developed by the Wikimedia community and can be found at http://www.wikipedia.org/ by searching on either the artists name or the title of the picture. Another source of data contained in this application was derived from information located at http://commons.wikimedia.org/. Additional information regarding licensing can be seen at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/.
The assemblage of the content in this application was a collaborative effort of Mr. Robert Schoenburg and Mr. Marvin Mallon. Any factual, grammatical or typographical errors may be reported to the developer at firstname.lastname@example.org.