August Strindberg’s Art in Modernist and Occult Context

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Lahelma , M 2018 , August Strindberg’s Art in Modernist and Occult Context . in T M Bauduin & H Johnsson (eds) , The Occult in Modernist, Art, Literature, and Cinema . Palgrave Macmillan , pp. 67-92 . https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-76499-3_4

Title: August Strindberg’s Art in Modernist and Occult Context
Author: Lahelma, Marja
Editor: Bauduin, Tessel M.; Johnsson, Henrik
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies 2010-2017
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 26
Belongs to series: The Occult in Modernist, Art, Literature, and Cinema
ISBN: 978-3-319-76498-6
978-3-319-76499-3
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/324873
Abstract: Marja Lahelma continues the theme of the modern pursuit of expressing the inexpressible and revealing the invisible, facilitated by the perception of the artist-author as a hypersensitive genius of exceptional sensitivity or even possessing higher sensibilities. Focusing on Strindberg, Lahelma concentrates her analysis upon a part of Strindberg’s oeuvre that has seen little scholarly study: his artistic works, in particular his photo- graphs and paintings. In his artistic pursuits, Strindberg aimed to reunite science and religion, a typically occultist approach and indicative of the early modernist contexts in which artistic, scientific, and occultist ideas collided, often very productively. Essential to this process was the psycho- logical theorization of the unconscious that took place in the late nineteenth century and which provided models of the human mind as multiple and fragmented. It becomes clear that Strindberg suggested in his works an interaction between the unconscious mind and extrasensory reality, even as he also proposed one between subjectivity and nature, the subjective and objective dimensions of art, the insistent materiality of an art work, and its spiritual dimension. As Lahelma argues, instead of singling out Strindberg as an isolated genius or forerunner of abstraction, he can fruitfully be positioned as a central representative of late-nineteenth- century occult modernism.
Subject: 6132 Visual arts and design
occultism
occult modernism
August Strindberg
modern art
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