(later 19th century)
In art, the movement's aims were set out by the French critic ALBERT AURIER in an article in the Mercure de France (March, 1891).
He asserted that a work of art must be 'ideaed'; that is, the expression of the idea. Symbolist, since it expresses idea through form; synthetic as its method of representation is general, and subjective and decorative.
Adherents' interest in the occult, poetry and religion often imbued their work with an ethereal and mystical character.