Many painters from Monet through to Kandinsky took an interest in mysticism. This exhibition, organized in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, explores the mystical element of the symbolic landscapes of Monet, Munch, Denis and Gauguin. These works are displayed alongside leading artists of the Canadian school of 1920-1930, like Tom Thomson, Emily Carr and Lawren Harris.
Presented in a former train station, the collections of the musée d'Orsay are among the most famous in the world. The museum presents the artistic production of the period 1848-1914, a decisive period in the art history which gave birth to the masterpieces of Impressionism.
Seeking an order beyond physical appearances, going beyond the bounds of material reality to get closer to the mysteries of existence, experiment with the suppression of the self in perfect unity with the cosmos … The mystical experience particularly inspired the Symbolist artists of the late 19th century, who in a response to the adulation for science and naturalism chose to evoke emotion and mystery. For the artists, the landscape was their preferred medium in their quest, an ideal place for contemplation and the expression of inner feelings.
So, the exhibition, organized in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, explores the genre of landscape, through the works of Paul Gauguin, Maurice Denis, Ferdinand Hodler and Vincent Van Gogh, but also presents painters from North America like Giorgia O'Keeffe and Emily Carr, less well-known to the French public.
Contemplation, the trials of the night or war, the fusion of the individual with the cosmos, the experience of the transcendental forces of nature … these are all stages in a mystical journey that the exhibition invites you to take.
- Admission to the Orsay Museum is free :
- For children under 18yrs and for European nationals under 26 (with valid piece of identity)
- The 1st Sunday of the month
- Priority Admission: The ticket gives you access to all the permanent collections and temporal exhibition
- Under-18s do not need to pick up a free ticket at the ticket office if they are accompanied by their parents, who have an entry ticket to the museum (or monument). They walk through with their parents, and will only need to show their ID.
- The ticket for Orsay Museum is included in Paris Passlib' and also in Paris Museum Pass !