Saturday, February 1, 2014

Rosy Cross

The late 19th century in art was famous for Art Nouveau, a style which swept through design all over the world. What is less known about that period is that it was a high point for esotericism, especially Christian esotericism. The Theosophical movement, with its elaborate system of imaginative theology and multiple worlds, inspired artists everywhere, from Britain to Europe to the colonies in India and Asia.

The modern revival of "Rosicrucianism" is one of these late 19th-early 20th century movements. The visual imagery of the Rosy Cross could be found wherever Western esotericism flourished. You have seen my "Roads of Roses" a few postings ago and here is a Rose-Cross along the lines of Art Nouveau Catholic esotericism. The roses are also here to mark February, the month of flowers and valentines and stylized pop eroticism. This rose logo is a bit of nostalgia for the "fin-de-siecle" (end of 19th century) style.

Rose Logo is ink and watercolor on sketchbook page, about 3 1/2" x 4", March 1981.

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