Symbol: Something used or regarded as standing for or representing something else; and emblem, token, or sign. Something which expresses, through suggestion, an idea or mood which would otherwise remain inexpressible.Symbolism: The practise of representing things by symbols, or investing things with a symbolic meaning. A set or system of symbols. The principles and practice of symbolists in art or literature.Symbolist: One who uses symbols or symbolism. An artist who seeks to symbolise or suggest particular ideas by the objects represented, the colours used, etc.According to the big fat green Macquarie Encyclopedic Dictionary in m mother’s bookshelf.
This happens to be the picture on my mum’s calendar at the moment.
The Sphinx or The Caress by Fernand Khnopff, 1896.
Centaur by Franz von Stuck, 1893.
Les communiantes - La promenade au jardin by Maurice Denis.
The Wounded Angel by Hugo Simberg, 1903.
Pierrot s’en Va by Gustav-Adolf Mossa, 1906.
Andromeda by Odilon Redon, c.1912.
Nijinsky in the ballet L'après-midi d'un faune by Léon Bakst, 1912.