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A European first, the Scottish National Gallery will be hosting an entire exhibition dedicated to Symbolist landscapes.
Vincent van Gogh, The Sower, 1888
© Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
In the late 19th century, Symbolist artists reacted against the growing industrialisation of Europe and abandoned attempts to faithfully reproduce the visible world in favour of dreamier evocations of states of mind. Their landscapes variously represent visions of death, infinity and the cosmos, feelings of nationalism or ideas about science and the modern age. In this, some 70 poetical paintings of nature by artists including Van Gogh, Gauguin, Redon, Böcklin and Kandinsky offer a new perspective on the movement.
What the critics say
This show focuses on art on the cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries from an intriguing angle
Here it is possible to see a direct route from representative art to abstraction
A fascinating show of Symbolist landscapes genuinely adds something to our knowledge of that era
It is self-evident that these landscapes are more than descriptions; that you're not just meant to admire the view