The Groninger Museum presents more than 95 magnificent works of northern European Romantic landscape painting
The first international survey exhibition of northern European Romantic landscape painting takes place from 9 December 2017 to 6 May 2018 at the Groninger Museum. The exposition includes more than 95 works from the Netherlands, Germany, Scandinavia and Great Britain. Dramatic scenes of raging seas, imposing mountains and erupting volcanoes alternate with quiet moonlit nights and peaceful fields where lonely figures pause to rest.
Landscape painting flowered in the Romantic era (ca. 1800-1850) thanks to artists like J.M.W. Turner in England, Caspar David Friedrich in Germany en Johan Christian Dahl in Norway. Not only does their work still speak to the imagination today, a new sensibility that developed during the period went on to shape modern art. Along with looking carefully at the world around them, painters began turning their gaze inward as well. The landscapes they painted are as varied and changeable as human emotion. Their depictions of nature provide a spiritual as well as a historical experience.
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