Henri Martin, “Young Saint (Jeune sainte),” 1891, oil on canvas, 65.4 x 49.3 cm, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Brest, France

The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris was a short-lived (1892-1897) series established by the eccentric French author and critic Joséphin Péladan to represent the doctrines of his Rosicrucian order—a fraternal, esoteric religious sect. What is “Mystical Symbolism”? The Guggenheim has an answer.

Hosted at various galleries around Paris, the Salon de la Rose+Croix was considered an international crossroads for artists, some conservative, some radical, yet most seeking to underscore the spiritual dimension of art and provoke visionary states of mind in their viewers. The Guggenheim Museum in New York City is currently presenting a unique exhibition titled “Mystical Symbolism”, which is the first-ever of its kind, featuring only works that were shown in the R+C. “This historically inflected lens” the museum says, “allows for a reconsideration of the complexities of Symbolism, particularly the movement’s more numinous branch.”

On view now through October 4, among the artists represented include Vasily Kandinsky, František Kupka, Piet Mondrian, Henri Martin, and more. To learn more, visit the Guggenheim Museum.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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