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Decadence and Dark Dreams: Belgian Symbolism

Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin


This display of paintings reveals how Belgian artists of the 1890s such as Fernand Khnopff and Theo van Rysselberghe were influenced in their treatment of mysticism by earlier artists such as Antoine Wiertz, and how they anticipated Freud’s interest in the uncanny. Find out more from the Alte Nationalgalerie’s website.

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The Love of Souls (1900), Jean Delville.

The Love of Souls (1900), Jean Delville. Photo: Vincent Everarts; © Musée d’Ixelles – Brüssel

I lock my door upon myself (1891), Fernand Khnopff

I Lock My Door Upon Myself (1891), Fernand Khnopff. © bpk/Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen

The Flowers of Evil (1891), Eugène Laermans.

The Flowers of Evil (1891), Eugène Laermans. Private collection, Geneva

Die Toteninsel (1883), Arnold Böcklin.

Die Toteninsel (1883), Arnold Böcklin. Photo: © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie/Andres Kilger

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