… for this spirited oppositon to the middle-class canon gave rise to a paradox: apparently so radical and anti-bourgeois, Symbolism in fact remained closely tied to bourgeois problems and to a certain extent presented simply the other side of the coin. “The daydreams, wishful fairytale worlds and barely determinable complexities into which the bourgeois himself occasionally  retreats- these embody, in other words, a facet of the same bourgeoisie that they think to overcome
—  Hans Hellmut Hofstätter, from Norbert Wolf’s Symbolism