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Symbolism and Modern Urban Society


  • 110 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
  • Page extent: 384 pages
  • Size: 246 x 189 mm
  • Weight: 1.009 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 709/.03/47
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: N6465.S9 H57 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Symbolism (Art movement)
    • Art, European--19th century--Social aspects
    • Cities and towns in art
    • Europe--Social life and customs--19th century

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521810968 | ISBN-10: 0521810965)

  • Published December 2004

Unavailable - out of print June 2007


This is the first social history of the Symbolist movement, providing new definitions and theories for Symbolism and Decadence. Sharon Hirsh addresses issues such as spatial/street confrontations with the crowd, the diseased city, and the New Woman. Focusing on works by well known artists such as Van Gogh, Munch and Ensor, Hirsh also considers the works of artists who contributed in important ways to the Symbolist movement and the cities in which they worked.


1. Introduction; 2. Symbolist society; 3. The de-structured city; 4. The sick city; 5. The city woman, or the should-be mother; 6. City interiors and interiority; 7. The ideal city, the dead city.

Prize Winner

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2006


"...The best book on symbolism in ages. Essential." CHOICE July 2005

"Art historian Sharon L. Hirsh has provided students of modern European history with a new study of symbolism in an effort to "retrieve" symbolists from the intellectual wasteland of esoteric mysticism to which scholars have relegated them"
Patricia Tilburg, Journal of Modern History

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