Hieroglyphs – Symbolist Drawings 1890-1910
© Jens Lund, Mon âme voltige sur les parfums...(Baudelaire), 1901. Part of the Jens Lund Collection, The Vejen Art Museum. Photo: Pernille Klemp
J.F. Willumsen, Fertility, 1891. The Royal Collection of Graphic Art, SMK
In this exhibition we delve beneath the surface to explore inner realities. Discover works from a time when symbolism flourished in art and artists focused on matters of spirit, soul and form.
Directing their attention to the soul and humanity’s inner lives, artists such as J.F. Willumsen, Johannes Holbek and Jens Lund developed a new visual idiom in art as the nineteenth century drew to a close. This spring’s special exhibition homes in on the Symbolist movement, exploring the great significance of drawing in Danish art during this period.
Explore works from an era of Danish art where symbolism flourished and artists delved into matters of spirit, soul and form in their work. Witness dreams and visions taking shape as gnarly trees, serpentine flowers, closely entwined figures and pregnant women.
A revolt against naturalism
In the late nineteenth century, a group of Danish artists become fed up with naturalism and its ideals of depicting reality in an objective, neutral manner.
Their response is to turn to humanity’s inner life instead, to emotions and thoughts. Known as Symbolism, this mode of expression gives rise to pictures that are both decorative, mystical and enigmatic – often described as ‘soul pictures’ in Danish art.
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