Dreaming Before Nature: the art of the symbolists

The late 19th century gave birth to the symbolist movement. In rebellion against scientific empiricism (seeing is believing) that had become a dominant school of thought, the symbolists favoured what could not been seen: dreams, fantasies and the imagination. This lecture looks at the art of some of the prominent members of the movement, including Odilon Redon, Paul Serusier and Gustav Moreau.

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Sarah Jaffray holds a BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th/20th century France and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London in 2012. She has worked in curatorial roles at the British Museum and Wellcome Collection. Sarah is currently a lecturer at the University of Arts London and Coordinator for City Lit’s Art History programme. Her art historical practice focuses on experimental narratives, artistic process, art pedagogy, politics and philosophy. Sarah’s current research is focused on translation and empathy.

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