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Van Gogh to Kandinsky

Symbolist Landscape in Europe 1880-1910

Richard Thomson, Rodolphe Rapetti, Frances Fowle, Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff

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Reproduces the poetical and evocative paintings of nature from the period 1880–1910, covering a wide range of artists from the Symbolists movement


This catalogue accompanied the first exhibition dedicated to landscapes by the Symbolists, the innovative movement whose artists took imaginative and emotional approaches to painting and embraced themes such as music, nationalism, science and modernity.

This book focuses on major artists of the avant-garde such as Gauguin, Van Gogh, Munch, Mondrian and Kandinsky, and also showcases other inventive artists from throughout Europe such as Hammershøi, Hodler, Khnopff and Gallen-Kallela, who are set alongside the visionary British artistry of Crane, Leighton, Watts and Millais.

The works illustrated provide a range of poetic and suggestive interpretations of nature from the period 1880–1910, with essays by acknowledged experts in the field providing a new chapter in the history of landscape painting.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 26.5 x 24.5 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Illustrations: 138

Publication date: 14 May 2012

ISBN: 9780500238912

Contents List

Foreword • Introduction by Frances Fowle • Landscapes and Symbols by Rodolphe Rapetti • 1. Arcadia Contested by Richard Thomson • 2. Symbolism and Naturalism by Rodolphe Rapetti • 3. Dream Landscapes: From Fantasy Worlds to Nightmares by Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff • 4. Silent Cities by Frances Fowle • 5. The Cosmos and the Rhythms of Nature by Richard Thomson • 6. Beyond Landscape by Richard Thomson • Artist biographies

About the Author

Richard Thomson has held the Watson Gordon Chair of Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh since 1996. An expert on late 19th- and early 20th-century French art, Thomson has published widely in this important and lively field.

Rodolphe Rapetti is Chief Curator of Heritage at the Directorate of Museums of France in Paris.

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Nienke Bakker

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