French Symbolism was a concept that emerged in the late 19th century. A literary and art movement that emerged romanticism with modernism. It was an Avant-grant movement that focused on the spiritual, mythological realms more instead of reality – a rebound so to say of realism.
The French symbolist art picturizes the imagination and invites the viewers to go beyond what is on the canvas, it emphasizes otherworldly, mythological creatures that were not depicted in realist arts. Symbolism does not depict a rigid reality but instead focuses on what is fluid and plays with the idea of imagination.