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SYMBOLISM KEY DATES: 1885-1910 Symbolism began as a reaction to the literal representation of subjects preferring to create more  suggestive and evocative works. It had its roots in literature with poets such as Baudelaire believing  ideas and emotions could be conveyed not only through the meaning of words but also in their sound  and rhythm.  The styles of the Symbolist painters varied considerably, but they shared many of the same themes  particularly a fascination with the mystical and the visionary. The erotic, the perverse, death and  debauchery were also regular interests for the Symbolists. The leading figures of the movement  included the two French men, Odilon Redon and Paul Gauguin, but Symbolism was not limited to 
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