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Salon de la Rose + Croix

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Carlos Schwabe’s poster from 1892 for the first of Joséphin Péladan’s art and music Salons de la Rose + Croix. The “Sâr” Peladan’s imposition on the artistic life of Paris in the 1890s may have the smack of a vanity project but he caused enough of a stir to give Rosicrucianism an unlikely fashionabilty for a while. The roster of contributing artists is also impressive, almost a who’s who of Symbolist art. There were six salons in all, the last being in 1897. The poster for the fifth salon by Armand Point & Léonard Sarluis shows Perseus holding the decapitated head of Émile Zola. The evangelist of literary realism was one of Symbolism’s arch-enemies but that didn’t prevent Carlos Schwabe from producing illustrations for Le Rêve.

The pages below are from Peladan’s many books, La Queste du Graal: Proses Lyriques de l’Éthopée; La Décadence Latine (1892). The illustrations aren’t the best reproductions, and they aren’t the greatest artworks either, but they give a sense of what Peladan wanted to see embellishing his own brand of artistic mysticism. Gallica has a Salon de la Rose + Croix catalogue (also from 1892) but like many of the documents archived there the quality leaves a lot to be desired.

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Previously on { feuilleton }
The art of Carlos Schwabe, 1866–1926
L’Androgyne
Carlos Schwabe’s Fleurs du Mal

 


 

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  1. #1 posted by Jeffrey

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    Any parties these days rocking this kind of mystical pomp?

  2. #2 posted by John

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    There’s a fair amount of artists working with occult themes today, albeit in a more self-conscious manner. Many of them have been featured in posts at http://www.phantasmaphile.com/

 


 

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