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Beyond the Stars. The Mystical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky from 14 March – 25 June 2017

Seeking an order beyond physical appearances, going beyond physical realities to come closer to the mysteries of existence, experimenting with the suppression of the self in an indissoluble union with the cosmos… It was the mystical experience above all else that inspired the Symbolist artists of the late 19th century who, reacting against the cult of science and naturalism, chose to evoke emotion and mystery.
The landscape, therefore, seemed to these artists to offer the best setting for their quest, the perfect place for contemplation and the expression of inner feelings.

Thus the exhibition, organised in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, explores the genre of landscape principally through the works of Paul Gauguin, Maurice Denis, Ferdinand Hodler and Vincent Van Gogh, but also presents North American painters such as Giorgia O’Keeffe and Emily Carr, who are less well known in France.
Contemplation, the ordeal of the night or of war, the fusion of the individual with the cosmos, and the experience of the transcendental forces of nature, are stages in a mystical journey the exhibition invites you to take.


Guy Cogeval, director of the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie,
Katharine Lochnan, Senior Curator and The R. Fraser Elliott Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Gallery of Ontario,
Isabelle Morin Loutrel, curator, Musée d’Orsay,
Beatrice Avanzi, curator, Musée d’Orsay.

In partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto where it will run from 22 October 2016 to 29 January 2017.

With the generous support of Crédit du Nord, Grand Mécène

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