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redongilkin“There is the nightmare transported into art.”
Joris-Karl Huysmans

Delerium: The Art of the Symbolist Book, at The Morgan (through May 14), presents the early days of visual modernism in France, with Baudelaire suggesting to Edouard Manet that he “should be a painter of modern life” — which he did with Luncheon on the Grass (1863) — and with it the “unifying values and hierarchies of classical Renaissance order” gave way to the “new coherence of being yourself.”

Artwork: Odilon Redon

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