I was reviewing a period of art named Symbolist art. The majority of this work is heavily narrative. Some of the work seems to be the source inspiration to a lot of high school and some undergraduate painting. However, by now these works are very clichés. I can see how some of this work is more less in the minor artists canon. Although a few are in the major category. I categorize them in major and minor, because art historians seem to do the same. The big problem is that there are to many artists and to little room for every artist to fit in a general survey book. The artists in the general survey book usually are the only artists that the general public has exposure. Thus historians have to pick and choose the artists that best represent their genre.
Well, I digress; a lot of the Symbolist art I viewed had all the graces of a chainsaw. I can see why many of the artists were overshadowed by the Realist, other Neo-Classical, other Expressionism and other Impressionist. I think the Symbolist category is more of a sub-category, because these artists relied upon the styles of other art movements. Symbolist really were trying to bring extra content to the work, but often times this only made the work too heavy or too obvious what the artist was doing. I think much of the Symbolist work sucked out all the mystery and ambiguity. Here is a list of these artists.
George Frederic Watts (1817–1904), Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824–1898), Gustave Moreau (1826–1898), Arnold Böcklin (1827–1901), Henri Fantin-Latour (1836–1904), Odilon Redon (1840–1916), John William Waterhouse (1849–1917), Jacek Malczewski (1854–1929), Félicien Rops (1855–1898), Mikhail Vrubel (1856–1910), Fernand Khnopff (1858–1921), Franz Stuck (1863–1928), Leon Spilliaert (1882–1946), Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918), Jan Toorop (1858–1928), Gustav Klimt (1862–1918), Edvard Munch (1863–1944), Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (1865–1953), Jean Delville (1867–1953), Konstantin Bogaevsky (1872–1943), Hugo Simberg (1873–1917), Mikalojus Čiurlionis (1875–1911), Eliseu Visconti (1866–1944), Emile Bernard (1868–1941), Paul Gauguin (1848–1903), Ze'ev Raban (1890–1970)