Though the Symbolist heyday in Paris was short-lived, the movement had an influence upon painting which perhaps exeeded that of Impressionism both in duration and geographical range. We find important Symbolist painters at work in places as remote from one another as Oslo(Munch), Vienna(Klimt) and Barcelona (the young Picasso). It is throught Symbolism, too, that we can explain the relationship between the English painting of the later nineteenth century and what was taking place in Europe. Edward Lucie-Smith's important study throws a flood of light upon the origins of Modernism, and upon the development of painting and sculpture in the years of the fin du siecle. 'Knowledgeable and reliable assessments are balanced by a genuine enjoyment of the works'