- About Ateneum
Many Symbolist artists were interested in the interconnection between the arts. The visual arts, music, architecture and design all referred to each other. Scenes of concerts or playing instruments are particularly common in Symbolist art. This is because music was considered the highest form of art as it was immaterial. Symbolist art was based on correspondences. The Symbolists believed that specific colours corresponded to specific chords by means of synesthesia. Similarly, the arrangement of a musical composition could correspond to literary techniques.
Synesthesia is not about the gesamtkunstverk concept, rather it highlights the harmonic structure of the universe. Accordingly, it was possible to identify common elements at the heart of different art forms. This concept was significantly inspired not only by Charles Baudelaire but also by Richard Wagner, whose music and artistic views interested the Symbolists greatly.
Works displayed in this room
Enckell, Magnus: The Concert, 1898
Halonen, Pekka: The Kantele Player, 1892
Stjernschantz, Beda: Everywhere a Voice Invites Us..., 1895
Thesleff, Ellen: Ball Game (Forte dei Marmi), 1909
Girl with Guitar, 1891
Landscape from Tuscany, 1908
The Violin Player, 1896
Vallgren, Ville: Dancer, 1911
Rose Dance, 1899
More information on the works and artists from the Finnish National Gallery Collections web service.