Soon to be admired: mystical landscapes at Paris’ Musée d’Orsay

This spring, the French Musée d’Orsay in Paris intends to surprise and delight with a landscape exhibition. This exhibition could be admired previously at the Ontario Art Gallery, in Canada.

van-goghThis will not be just an ordinary exhibition of ordinary landscapes. The exhibition subject is the mystical landscape. It explores the influences of symbolism, naturalism, changing perceptions and scientific developments on painters from the late 19th and 20th century.

Curators Katharine Lochnan, Roald Nasgaard, Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov, Guy Cogeval, Isabelle Morin Loutrel and Beatrice Avanci, managed to put together an impressive selection of works. These are not only from the Canadian Art Gallery of Ontario and the Musée d’Orsay itself. Works were kindly loaned from other major international museums as well.

Famous paintings by Claude Monet, Maurice Denis, Ferdinand Hodler, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Kandinsky and other European painters can be seen. Works by important American artists like Emily Carr, Georgia O’Keeffe and others can also be admired. Themes range from contemplation and meditation, to night and the horrors of war, the individual versus the cosmos.

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van Gogh from the Musée d’Orsay’s own collection

Some of these themes can be discovered in van Gogh’s painting of a starry night from the museum’s own collection. Another van Gogh painting has been chosen as the exhibition’s logo. It is one of several drawings and paintings by Vincent van Gogh, showing a man sowing. This painting is usually to be admired at the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

The exhibition “Beyond the Stars: the mystical landscape from Monet to Kandinsky”, or to give it its French title “Au-delà des étoiles. Le Paysage mystique de Monet à Kandinsky” will open on 14th of March 2017. The exhibition will run till 25th of June 2017. The accompanying catalogue costs 42 Euro.For an impression, use the link below to the museum’s exhibition video.

Of course, the museum does not only offer visitors this temporary exhibition. Its permanent collection can also be visited. Due to the immense popularity of this museum, it is advisable to book tickets in advance through its website.

Youtube, Musée d’Orsay “Au-delà des étoiles”
Musée d’Orsay, 1, rue de la Légion d’Honneur, Paris.

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