Jean Delville was a leading symbolist painter, author, poet, hermetic philosopher, teacher and occultist from Belgium. Delville helped organized the Salons d'Art Idéaliste (the Belgian Idealist movement); a group whose goal was to continue the tradition of idealistic or spiritual Artworks. Delville traced this idea-based concept all the way back to the ancient Greek and Egyptian esoteric traditions. Through his painting and ideologies he became a leading exponent of the Belgian idealist and symbolist movements during their height in the 1890s. Delville believed that our shared reality was truly symbolic in nature - a reflection of the higher planes of existence. His luminous paintings are often representative of the idea that our "inner light" or soul could be trapped by the physical human body. Delville's impressive output coincided with the height of popular occult movements in Europe.
The Angel of Splendors c. 1894, Oil on canvas, Bibliotheque Royal de Belgique Brussels, Belgium
Jean Delville, The Treasures of Satan, 1894. Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts | Bruxelles, Belgium. Image via www.bc.edu. The particular work was also used on Blessed Are the Sick, the second official release from US death metal band Morbid Angel. Satan's Treasures may have been inspired by an episode from the Initiation of Isis in Edouard Schure's book The Great Initiates.
Parsifal, Jean Delville images via http://www.all-art.org/symbolism/delville1.html
The Idol of Perversity, 1891 Painting by Jean Delville, image via http://arh346.blogspot.com/2008/02/if-you-want-to-understand-that-unique.html
The Mothers, Les Mères (1919)
Wheel of The World, La Roue du monde (1940) Bibliotheque Royal de Belgique Brussels, Belgium
Dessin dédicacé à Maurice Siville à l’occasion de la parution de son livre via http://www.all-art.org/symbolism/delville1.html
Jean Delville, The Death of Orpheus Oil on canvas Collection of Anne-Marie Gillion Crowet, Brussels, Belgium
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