The Public Domain Review

This is just an automatic copy of Public Domain Review blog.

Victorian Occultism and the Art of Synesthesia

Wednesday 19 March 2014 at 17:39

Grounded in the theory that ideas, emotions, and even events, can manifest as visible auras, Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater’s Thought-Forms (1901) is an odd and intriguing work. Benjamin Breen explores these “synesthetic” abstractions and asks to what extent they, and the Victorian mysticism of which they were born, influenced the Modernist movement that flourished in the following decades.