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An aspect of the painting styles of the Post-Impressionist period, Symbolism arose as not only a movement in the visual arts, but as a literary and musical movement as well. Charles Baudelaire and Edgar Allan Poe in literature, and Claude Debussy and Richard Wagner in music, all contributed to Symbolism and based their work on the Romantic ideals of intuition and spirituality. The Symbolists were the first modern artists to express inner, abstract ideas of mysticism and other non-visual elements so clearly in paint. Their work became the foundation on which Dadaism, Expressionism and Surrealism would build their visual vocabularies. The common thread that runs through the diverse landscape of symbolist art, is a commitment to personalization, a departure from conventional iconography in favor of a world cultivated in the mind of the artist. Paul Gauguin was one of the leaders of the Symbolists in the visual arts. His work represents the search for new meaning in forms and colors, and yields a uniquely personal, emotional, result. Other artists of Symbolism included Odilon Redon and Gustave Moreau. The legacy of the Symbolists is apparent in the freedom artists have today from the reality of what is seen and the ability to depict the abstractions of the mind.

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I'm not a stencil artist but a silversmith. I have several of the 1" brushes, and they are perfect for sweeping my bench. I use the brushes to sweep the silver and gold filings off my bench, and they do a superb job of cleaning loose metal bits off my projects. I don't like to use any other brushes. I use the smaller ones ( the 1/2" and 3/8") for gently cleaning wax models and jewelry in progress. These brushes have greater control, stiffness and yet pliable bristles that does the job very well. I'm sticking with these brushes for a very long time.
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