Alphonse Osbert (1857-1939), Les chants de la nuit, 1896, musée d'Orsay, Paris ©photo musée d'Orsay / rmn

Beyond Stars. The Mystical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky

The years between 1880 and 1930 were marked by materialism and rapid urbanization. Disillusioned with traditional religious institutions, many artists across Europe and North America searched for  new spiritual paths through Symbolist landscapes. The genre has been recognized as the pictorial way to express inner feelings through form and convey immediate spiritual experiences which cannot be put into words.  Organised in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the exhibition breaks new art historical ground by exploring the mystical experiences of Gauguin, Denis, Monet, Hodler, Munch, Van Gogh and some of the leading figures of the Canadian School of the 1920s and 1930s such as Emily Carr.  The quest to express their feelings of unity with nature and the cosmos is shown in some of the most famous landscape paintings ever created.

Curators:
Guy Cogeval, President, Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie
Katharine Lochnan, Senior Curator and The R. Fraser Elliott Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Gallery of Ontario
Isabelle Morin Loutrel, curator, Musée d’Orsay
Beatrice Avanzi, curator, Musée d’Orsay

Exhibition also presented in:
Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, from October 22, 2016 to January 29, 2017

 

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