In a richly illustrated book, Michel Draguet investigates the different tendencies underlying symbolism, the last great artistic movement of the nineteenth century. Literature, mythology, eroticism and the obsession with death supply the subjects that populate the paintings: red-haired, contemplative women, incorporeal bodies, the sphinx and the femme fatale. Contains hundreds of splendid reproductions of works by artists such as Wiertz, Rops, Mellery, Khnopff, Delville and Fréderic.