Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Symbolist Landscape in Europe 1880-1910
14 July – 14 October 2012
A European first, the Scottish National Gallery will be hosting an entire exhibition dedicated to Symbolist landscapes.
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.