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Dreams of nature

Symbolism from Van Gogh to Kandinsky

The Van Gogh Museum opened the first exhibition devoted to the Symbolist landscape in Europe in the late nineteenth century. Dreams of nature. Symbolism from Van Gogh to Kandinsky displayed some 70 Symbolist landscapes by a range of artists from all over Europe, some well known, others less. These poetic, suggestive representations of nature, reflecting specific moods and emotions, provided a rich overview of this intriguing yet neglected genre within Symbolism. For the first time top works by Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Gauguin, Munch and Mondriaan were displayed together on the exhibition wing’s dark-tinted walls. The majority of these paintings had never previously been exhibited in the Netherlands. The public responded with great interest: in four months the exhibition was visited by no less than 413,363 art lovers, Dutch and foreign.