Jean Delville was a symbolist painter, author, poet, hermetic philosopher, teacher and occultist from Belgium. Delville helped organized the Salons d'Art Idéaliste; a group whose goal was to continue the tradition of idealistic Art. Delville traced this idea-based Artwork all the way back to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. Through his painting and ideology he became a leading exponent of the Belgian Idealist and symbolist movements in art during the 1890s. His paintings are often representative of the idea that the inner light or soul could be trapped by the physical body. His output coincided with the height of the popular Occult movements in Europe.
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