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Jean Delville Light of The Occult

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Image via and doorofperception.comMusée du Luxembourg Paris, France

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.

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The God-Man 1900 - Image via Museum BruggeBelgium

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 | BruxellesBelgium. Image via The particular work was also used on Blessed Are the Sick, the second official release from US death metal band Morbid AngelSatan'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

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The Idol of Perversity, 1891 Painting by Jean Delville, image via

The Mothers, Les Mères (1919)

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Wheel of The World, La Roue du monde (1940) Bibliotheque Royal de Belgique Brussels, Belgium

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Jean Delville, The Death of Orpheus

Jean Delville, The Death of Orpheus Oil on canvas Collection of Anne-Marie Gillion Crowet, Brussels, Belgium

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