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September 24, 2012
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For the socialist Impressionist painter, Pissarro, Symbolism was as an escapist bourgeois artistic response to an increasingly threatening working class and to the deteriorating social order.
"The bourgeoisie, frightened, astonished by the immense clamor of the disinherited masses, by the insistent demands of the people, feels that it is necessary to restore to people their superstitious beliefs...
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Hence the bustling of religious symbolists, religious socialists, idealist art, occultism, Buddhism, etc., etc." .
Pissarro also singled out Gauguin for "having sensed this tendency" and for jumping on the Symbolist bandwagon.
Paradise Lost and the Problems of Brittany
Though Gauguin hoped to find in Brittany an unspoiled, "primitive" world which could nourish his modern "primitive" art, he found something more akin to a paradise lost...
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