Symbolism in Art

Symbolism: The Colour Green
Article date: Friday, December 22, 2017

Symbolism: The Colour Green

English orientalist painter John Frederick Lewis (1805-1876) developed a fascination with the Near East and took pains to represent the sights and the people he encountered in the region in an honest and positive light.

Symbolism in Art: Water
Article date: Sunday, November 26, 2017

Symbolism in Art: Water

English artist David Hockney is known as an important contributor to the pop art movement and is perhaps best recognised for his striking representation of Californian life and architecture in the 1960s.

Symbolism in Art: Yves Klein’s Blue
Article date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Symbolism in Art: Yves Klein’s Blue

In 1947 Klein and two of his friends decided to play a game in which they divided up the world between them. One young man decided to take the animal kingdom, and one the province of the plants. Klein opted for the mineral realm, gazing up to the sky and proclaiming, “the blue sky is my first artwork”.

Symbolism in Art: The Blue Willow
Article date: Friday, September 22, 2017

Symbolism in Art: The Blue Willow

The Blue Willow (or The Willow Pattern) represents a Chinese garden with a large pavilion and a bridge on which three figures are seen. In the upper left corner two flying birds and a distant island with trees and pavilions are depicted. The legend associated with it goes as follows. A rich and powerful mandarin lived in a big house and worked as a customs officer for the Emperor.

Symbolism in Art: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent
Article date: Monday, September 18, 2017

Symbolism in Art: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent

The lily is one of the most potently symbolic flowers. Often associated with humility, devotion, purity and innocence, they are often presented at weddings and christenings, evoking chastity, femininity and fragility.

Symbolism in Art: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent
Article date: Monday, September 18, 2017

Symbolism in Art: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent

The lily is one of the most potently symbolic flowers. Often associated with humility, devotion, purity and innocence, they are often presented at weddings and christenings, evoking chastity, femininity and fragility.

Symbolism in Art: Frida Kahlo – Self Portrait with Monkey
Article date: Monday, September 4, 2017

Symbolism in Art: Frida Kahlo – Self Portrait with Monkey

“I paint myself because I’m so often alone and because I am the subject I know best,” Frida Kahlo. Born and raised in Mexico to a German father and a Pacific Islander mother, Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) has become known for her self-portraiture and her unique painting style. Combining elements of traditional Mexican folk art, she studies every detail of her physique and transcends normalised structures of beauty.

Symbolism in Art: Irises – Van Gogh (1889)
Article date: Friday, July 28, 2017

Symbolism in Art: Irises – Van Gogh (1889)

There are 325 species of iris flower. Most wild iris are blue or purple. Vincent Van Gogh’s representation of a bouquet of iris flowers, titled Irises (1889), appears to show the blue variety, although records show that the original paint would have been a vibrant purple before the passing of time dulled the pigment.

Symbolism in Art: The Egg
Article date: Monday, June 5, 2017

Symbolism in Art: The Egg

The egg has always held particular symbolic significance, partly because it is a visual shorthand for new life and un-hatched potential. The egg brings hope and purity. It is a symbol of fertility and the circle of life. In some Asian cultures the egg is seen as a symbol of luck and wealth.

Symbolism in Art: The Pillow
Article date: Monday, May 1, 2017

Symbolism in Art: The Pillow

Contemporary Chinese surrealist painter and sculptor Zhang Xiaogang was born in Southern China in 1958. Often seen as Avant-Garde, Xiaogang’s artistic life has witnessed several important moments in China’s history, many of which are explored within his work. Perhaps the most defining brush with the political regime occurred during the early stages of Xiaogang’s life when he was brutally separated from his parents during the Cultural Revolution. They were sent to one of Mao’s notorious ‘study camps’, leaving him and his siblings behind.

Telegram Channel

ArtDependence is now also available on the messaging platform Telegram. Telegram is a cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a focus on security and speed.

Subscribing to the ArtDependence Channel allows you to easily stay up to date with the latest ArtDependence news.

Subscribe to the Newsletter

Image of the Day

Koen van den Broek (B. 1973) Orange Border, 2001

Koen van den Broek (B. 1973) Orange Border, 2001

Search

About ArtDependence

ArtDependence Magazine is an international magazine covering all spheres of contemporary art, as well as modern and classical art.

ArtDependence features the latest art news, highlighting interviews with today’s most influential artists, galleries, curators, collectors, fair directors and individuals at the axis of the arts.

The magazine also covers series of articles and reviews on critical art events, new publications and other foremost happenings in the art world.

If you would like to submit events or editorial content to ArtDependence Magazine, please feel free to reach the magazine via the contact page.