Although unusual in paintings, tortoises can have several different readings, from love to slow and faltering political reforms.
Despite its popularity at the time, few Symbolist pastel paintings are now accessible. Here are six from these two artists, including this fascinating print.
A major Symbolist painter whose enigmatic paintings became popular in the salons of Les XX at the end of the 19th century.
A foray into painting industrial landscapes in Impressionist style, and some of the highest peaks in Europe. Most memorable for his apocalyptic vision of the end of humankind.
Landscapes which are quietly unusual, and one of the Symbolist masterworks of the 19th century, after which he turned Impressionist.
Three times Hodler was the centre of controversy: ‘The Night’ was rejected then removed from display; two large and wonderful murals were also savaged by the critics and the emperor.
During his five-year expedition to the Himalaya, Karakoram and Altai Mountains, they were presumed lost for a year, during which 5 of his team died.
Recognised as the first Italian Symbolist, he was introduced to Divisionism by a patron and art critic. Magnificent paintings.
At the start of the 20th century, he painted huge canvases for major public buildings, including a series for Toulouse’s palatial capitol.
The last years of the nineteenth century were highly productive, with landscapes and Symbolist works too.