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.
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)
FAIRY QUEEN AND MERLIN BY JOHN DUNCAN
TRISTAN UND YSEULT: 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: DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI
DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI: BEATA BEATRIX
EDWARD BURNE JONES
AUBREY BEARDSLEY: The Holy Grael
CHARLES RENNIE MACINTOSH
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 and Fernand Khnopff in Bruxelles and Bruges La Morte, Belge…
… Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Koloman Moser and the Wiener Werkstatte in Wien…
GUSTAV KLIMT: DEATH AND LIFE (above)
EGON SCHILE (below)
FRANZ VON STUCK: WASSER UND FEUER (Above)
FERDINAND HODLER: HIS WIFE IN RIGOR MORTIS (above)
ISLE OF THE DEAD: ARNOLD BOCKLIN
GIOVANNI SEGANTINI SELF PORTRAIT
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
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.
CARLOS SCHWAB: La Barque de la Mort
GEORGES DE FEURE: DOOR OF DREAMS
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
EMILE GALLE: Nancy glass maestro
ALEJANDRO DE RIQUER: SUMMER 1890
ALEXANDRE DE RIQUER: Lunacy
HERMENEGILDO ANGLADA CAMARASA
PABLO PICASSO: MUJER MUERTA
JULIO ROMERO DE TORRES: LA NINA TORERA
JULIO ROMERO DE TORRES
SANTIAGO RUSINOL: Aranjuez
PORTRAIT OF SANTIAGO RUSINOL BY RAMON CASAS
RAMON CASAS: FLORES DESOJADAS: 1894
RAMON CASAS: 1894
RAMON CASAS: PEL + PLOMA
RAMON CASAS: SOMBRAS: QUATRE GATS: BARCELONA
GAUDI: LA PEDRERA, BARCELONA
…Alexandre de Riquer, Santiago Rosignol and Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, etc…
MARIE, REINE DES ECOSSAIS: BY JOHN DUNCAN
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’