Nature in 19th Century European Art
February 1, 2017 – January 7, 2018
19th century Europe (1800-1900) saw 100 years of social, economic, philosophical and political change. Some changes were gradual and quiet, while others were brought about in violent upheavals and revolution; and each brought reaction. 19th century European artists responded to this upheaval through their art, providing aesthetic and insightful windows into their internal and external worlds. The artworks presented in this collection-based exhibition reveal depictions of Barbizon and Romantic landscapes (picturesque and sublime), seascapes (light-filled or stormy), animals (pastoral and untamed), and the nobility of human labor.