Symbolism In Art

Symbolism in Art: Red
Article date: Thursday, April 6, 2017

Symbolism in Art: Red

In Matisse’s Music, created in 1910 to be hung in the staircase of a Moscow mansion, we see one of the artist’s last compositions of the human figure. It was created to be hung alongside a second, preceding painting titled Dance. The two works are colouristically linked, portraying red figures contrasted against a blue and green background.

Symbolism in Art: The Lilly
Article date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Symbolism in Art: The Lilly

American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is known for his provocative images and controversial subject matter. Having been born in suburban USA, a place he said was “a good place to come from and a good place to leave”, he lived in New York at the infamous Chelsea Hotel with singer Patti Smith. His work became popular in the mid 70s and he produced hundreds of photographs documenting what he called “the unexpected”.

Symbolism in Art: The Bird
Article date: Friday, November 4, 2016

Symbolism in Art: The Bird

The most striking elements of this poetic scene are incomplete without a look at the background. The lone table tennis player may exemplify Doig’s interest in human character and form. And the abstract backdrop to his one-sided game may well bring to mind the modernist architecture which the Scottish painter has famously explored elsewhere. Together they form a puzzle, an unfinished narrative, and an arresting visual image that really defies paraphrase.

Symbolism in Art: The Butterfly
Article date: Friday, October 21, 2016

Symbolism in Art: The Butterfly

Bas Meeuws (1974) is a photographer from the Netherlands, who has won international acclaim for his richly detailed studies within the traditional Dutch genre of floral still life. Close to home his work has been exhibited in public and private institutions such as the Museum Jan Van Der Togt (Amstelveen), Rockoxhouse (Antwerp), and others.

Symbolism in Art: The Apple
Article date: Thursday, July 28, 2016

Symbolism in Art: The Apple

The image of the apple can signify love, wisdom, and death. Within the religious context of Christianity, it means temptation and original sin. In Norse mythology, as in the Greek, apples grant immortality. The apple is also associated (like other fruits and flowers) with a woman’s anatomy.

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Museo Jumex (a private art collection based in Mexico City, Mexico) / David Chipperfield. Image © Simon Menges

Museo Jumex (a private art collection based in Mexico City, Mexico) / David Chipperfield. Image © Simon Menges

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