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Nature As a Topic of Art

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The Museum Schloss Moyland presents “Nature as Art – Landscape in the 19th century in painting and photography“. On view through June 5, 2016.

Developments in 19th century art determined how landscape was perceived and depicted in painting and photography. Both the quick oil sketch and the photograph made it possible to capture a spontaneous impression of nature with changing atmospheric conditions for the first time. In this, painting and photography were closely linked: While paintings took photographs as their starting point, the art of photography developed its own distinctive imagery and aesthetics within the traditions of painting and printmaking.

The newly ignited enthusiasm for local scenes of nature is reflected in the choice of motifs: Scenes of forest and meadow as well as Alpine and coastal regions, all observed first hand on discovery tours, gradually displaced landscapes composed according to traditional aspects and viewpoints. Starting in the centres of landscape painting Dresden, Munich and Barbizon, various artistic trends developed that were based on very different approaches to representing nature faithfully.

Using typical examples from Germany and France, the exhibition illustrates this spectrum of how art and nature were conceived around 1900. The exhibits are taken from the collections of the Christoph Heilmann Stiftung at the Lenbachhaus München and the Münchner Stadtmuseum.

Please find more information at the Museum Schloss Moyland

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