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The Mystical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky: Beyond the Stars

15 March, 2017 - 16 March, 2017

Seeking an order beyond physical appearances, going beyond physical realities to come closer to the mysteries of existence, experimenting with the suppression of the self in an indissoluble union with the cosmos.  It was the mystical experience above all else that inspired the Symbolist artists of the late 19th century who, reacting against the cult of science and naturalism, chose to evoke emotion and mystery.

The landscape, therefore, seemed to these artists to offer the best setting for their quest, the perfect place for contemplation and the expression of inner feelings.

Thus the exhibition, organised in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, explores the genre of landscape principally through the works of Paul Gauguin, Maurice Denis, Ferdinand Hodler and Vincent Van Gogh, but also presents North American painters such as Giorgia O’Keeffe and Emily Carr, who are less well known in France.

Contemplation, the ordeal of the night or of war, the fusion of the individual with the cosmos, and the experience of the transcendental forces of nature, are stages in a mystical journey the exhibition invites you to take.

Top Image: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)The SowerArles, November 1888Oil on canvasH. 32.5; W. 40.3 cmAmsterdam, Van Gogh Museum© Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)


15 March, 2017
16 March, 2017


Musée d’Orsay
Musée d'Orsay 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur,
Paris, 75007 France
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