JOHN DUNCAN, SCOTTISH SYMBOLIST, SHARED CELTIC RENAISSANCE SENSIBILITY WITH HARRY CLARKE: ‘Spook School’ currents in European Decadents; Klimt, Schiele @ Wiener Werkstatte; Galle, Majorelle @ Nancy; Mucha @ Praha; Rusinol @ Sitges; Gaudi @ Barcelona + Modernista artists

Published September 22, 2010 by goyodelarosa

JOHN DUNCAN

SPOOK SCHOOL SYMBOLIST

  ‘Global Artiste des arts’ 

SAINT BRIDE, JOHN DUNCAN, 1913

John Duncan is the pre-eminent Scottish Symbolist, and a unique global artiste des arts who shared a fascination with ancient Scots and Irish Druidic and Celtic Christian folkloric culture with fellow Irish Symbolist, Harry Clarke.


STRANGE GENIUS: A new book on Harry Clarke’s stained glass work.

Both John Duncan and Harry Clarke are fine exemplars of what came to be described derisively in Glasgow (by a few negative critics, anyway) as ‘the Spook School.’ 

The ‘Spook School’ Symbolist artists were influenced by, and in turn influenced other artists in the Romantic, Aesthetic, Decadent, Symbolist, Nabi, Art Nouveau, Modernista, Jugenstil, Arts and Crafts, Craftsman, Art Deco, Dada and Surrealist schools.

The following gallery of  ‘Spook School Symbolist images will try to show various European and North American cross- currents of ‘Spook School’ Symbolist aesthetics, philosophy, style, temperament, subjects and themes.

Some photo sequences will show continuity, others contrasts, all are somewhat strange in one way or another.

These ‘Spook School Symbolist’ cross currents are best thought of as uncontrollable forces of the Zeitgeist that move imperceptibly from culture to culture through the production, distribution, initial viewing, appreciation, purchase, and finally, the deep quiet study of these classic ‘Spook School’ Symbolist images by seekers learning about the living traditions of the Art of Arts, and then passing those artefacts, books and images on to others…

Some of them are really quite startling, and once seen, are hard to forget.

The Symbolists heralded the end of the Industrial Revolution, the hopes and fears of the beginning of the Modern Period, and the subsequent search for meaning in Neo Classicism, Surrealism and Psychedelia.

The ‘Spook School’ Symbolists were seekers…


SAINT COLUMBA BIDDING FAREWELL TO THE OLD HORSE: JOHN DUNCAN (Below)

St Columba Bidding Farewell to the Old Horse

FAIRY QUEEN AND MERLIN BY JOHN DUNCAN

TRISTAN UND YSEULT: JOHN DUNCAN

The Glaive of Light by John Duncan

THE GLAIVE OF LIGHT: JOHN DUNCAN

… Foremost among their predecessors were the Pre-Raphaelites Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne Jones and the very epitome of the Decadence, Aubrey Beardsley in London…

“Venus Verticordia” by Rossetti

VENUS VERTICORDIA: DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI

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DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI: BEATA BEATRIX

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EDWARD BURNE JONES

The Achieving of the Sangreal

AUBREY BEARDSLEY: The Holy Grael

CHARLES RENNIE MACINTOSH

Liverpool Academy of Arts poster, 1901

FRANCES MacDONALD

Frances Macdonald McNair, Margaret Macdonald and J. Herbert McNair, Poster for the Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, c. 1896.

FRANCES MacDONALD McNAIR, MARGARET MacDONALD AND HERBERT McNAIR

 

Charles Rennie Macintosh and the MacDonald sisters (Margaret and Frances) in Glasgow (who, with Herbert McNair, formed the original ‘Spook School’), and influenced Duncan …

JAN TOOROP


James Ensor Old Lady With Masks

Painting by Fernand Khnopff, Head of a Woman

FERNAND KHNOPFF

 

…Jan Toorop, James Ensor and Fernand Khnopff in Bruxelles and Bruges La Morte, Belge

Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Koloman Moser and the Wiener Werkstatte in Wien…

Klimt Poster - Click to View Extra Large Image

GUSTAV KLIMT

GUSTAV KLIMT: DEATH AND LIFE (above)

EGON SCHILE (below)

paintings of Four Trees by Egon Schiele

Franz von Stuck - Water and Fire

FRANZ VON STUCK: WASSER UND FEUER (Above)

Valentine sur son lit de mort, 1915 (Kunstmuseum Basel/photo Martin Bühler)

FERDINAND HODLER: HIS WIFE IN RIGOR MORTIS (above)

ISLE OF THE DEAD: ARNOLD BOCKLIN

GIOVANNI SEGANTINI SELF PORTRAIT

The Unnatural Mothers

SEGANTINI: THE UNNATURAL MOTHERS

 

Franz von Stuck, Ferdinand Hodler, Giovanni Segantini and Arnold Bocklin in Munchen, Bale and Geneve…

…Alphonse Mucha in Praha and Paris…

ALPHONSE MUCHA: AMEN

Photo: PETER Behrens

PETER BEHRENS: Darmstadt, Hesse.

 

PARIS: LA VILLE DECADENTE


GUSTAVE MOREAU: Thracian girl holding the head of Orpheus on his lyre: 1865

GUSTAVE MOREAU: DEAD POET BORNE BY A CENTAUR

JEAN DELVILLE: Delville taught in Glasgow in the early twentieth century.

Invocation to the Madonna of Green Onyx - Jules Marcel-Lenoir

MARCEL LENOIR

Eugène Grasset,Switzerland illustrator

EUGENE GRASSET

CARLOS SCHWAB: La Barque de la Mort

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GEORGES DE FEURE: DOOR OF DREAMS

Georges De Feure - The Devil's Coin - Art Prints and Posters

Georges De Feure - Le Fruit Defendu

GEORGES DE FEURE: LE FRUIT DEFENDU


GEORGES DE FEURE: FEMME PALE EN BLEU

 

…Gustave Moreau, Puvis de Chavannes,  Jean Delville, Marcel Lenoir, Eugene Grasset, Georges de Feure, Paul Berthon, Maurice Denis, Paul Ranson, Paul Gaugin, Carlos Schwab and of course, Mucha in Paris…

L’IMAGE cover design by ALPHONSE MUCHA

L’IMAGE: cover design by Paul Berthon


L’IMAGE cover design by Verneuil

Émile Gallé in 1889

EMILE GALLE: Nancy glass maestro


ALEJANDRO DE RIQUER: SUMMER 1890

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ALEXANDRE DE RIQUER: Lunacy

Retrato de Sonia Klamery

HERMENEGILDO ANGLADA CAMARASA

PABLO PICASSO: MUJER MUERTA


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JULIO ROMERO DE TORRES: LA NINA TORERA

Julio Romero de Torres

JULIO ROMERO DE  TORRES 

Pinar de Aranjuez - Santiago Rusinol i Prats

SANTIAGO RUSINOL: Aranjuez

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PORTRAIT OF SANTIAGO RUSINOL BY RAMON CASAS

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RAMON CASAS: FLORES DESOJADAS: 1894


RAMON CASAS: 1894


RAMON CASAS: PEL + PLOMA

 

RAMON CASAS: SOMBRAS: QUATRE GATS: BARCELONA

La Pedrera at night

GAUDI: LA PEDRERA, BARCELONA

 

…Alexandre de Riquer, Santiago Rosignol and  Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, etc…

MARIE, REINE DES ECOSSAIS: BY JOHN DUNCAN

STAINED GLASS WINDOWS FEATURED IN BOOK BY IRISH AUTHORS – Nine of the stained glass windows of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Bayonne are featured in a recently published book, “Strangest Genius: The Stained Glass of Harry Clarke.” Written by Irish author Lucy Costigan and photographer Michael Cullen, the book features most of the 160 windows throughout the world created by Clarke.

HARRY CLARKE ANGEL: From the new book ‘Strange Genius’

SEMELE: JOHN DUNCAN

Thanks to fellow Scots Canadian David Burke (‘David Jure’) who pointed out the obvious stylistic, aesthetic, thematic and tempermental links between Harry Clarke and John Duncan to me this morning, after looking at my gallery of Harry Clarke images at goyodelrosa.wordpress.com (LA ROSA REVUE).

-Goyo de la Rosa’

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