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A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic Landscapes from Britain and Germany
May 30 through September 7, 2014


Carl Philipp Fohr (German, 1795–1818)
The Ruins of Hohenbaden, 1814/15
Watercolor
The Morgan Library & Museum, Thaw Collection

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Organized by the Morgan and London's Courtauld Gallery, A Dialogue with Nature explores aspects of Romantic landscape drawing in Britain and Germany from the 1760s to 1840s. The exhibition draws upon the strengths of both collections—the Morgan's exceptional group of German drawings and The Courtauld Gallery's extensive holdings of British works—in order to consider points of commonality and divergence between the two distinctive schools. Taken together, these drawings exemplify Caspar David Friedrich's understanding of Romantic landscape draftsmanship as "a dialogue with Nature."

The exhibition will include thirty-seven works that represent the two central elements of the Romantic conception of landscape: close observation of the natural world and the importance of the imagination. On view will be works by such celebrated artists as Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W. Turner, Caspar David Friedrich, John Constable, Franz Kobell, Paul Sandby, Joseph Anton Koch, J. C. Dahl, and Samuel Palmer.

This exhibition is a program of the Drawing Institute at the Morgan Library & Museum. Additional support is provided by the Rita Markus Fund for Exhibitions and Lowell Libson Ltd.

Related Programs:

Adult Workshop
Of Water, Colors, and Light: Basic Watercolor Technique
Friday, June 27, 6–9 p.m.

Gallery Talk
A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic Landscapes from Britain and Germany
Friday, June 13, 6:30 p.m.

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