The years between 1880 and 1930 were marked by rampant materialism and rapid urbanization. Disillusioned with traditional religious institutions, many European, Scandinavian and North American artists searched for an unmediated spiritual path through mystical experiences. Organized in partnership with the renowned Musée d'Orsay in Paris, Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more breaks new art historical ground, exploring the mystical experiences of 36 artists from 15 countries, including Emily Carr, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Georgia O'Keeffe and James McNeill Whistler - http://www.ago.net/mystical-landscapes.
Based on an exhibition held at the Art Gallery of Ontario, 22 October, 2016 - 29 January, 2017
Introduction: "Where the universe sings." The mystical landscape from the 1880s to the 1930s / Katharine Lochnan -- Mystical concepts, artistic contexts / Michael Stoeber -- Renewing the roots : mysticism in France / Gilles Mongeau -- "The second book of God" : Protestant mysticism / Rebekah Smick -- "Let us become mystics of art" : Van Gogh, Gaugin and the Nabis / Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov -- The wall and the sacred space / Gordon Rixon -- "A land of magic" : mysticism in Brittany / Andre Cariou -- "Landscapes of the soul and painted landscapes" / Jean-David Jumeau-Lafond -- The canticle of the creatures : devotional lithographs by Charles-Marie Dulac / Ignatius Feaver -- "Solitude and silence" : contemplative landscapes from Turner to Monet / Katharine Lochnan -- Willows and water lilies : contemplating eternity with Monet / Maureen McDonnell -- Divine darkness and the mystical journey / John Franklin -- Temples and castles : architectural landscapes / Isabelle Morin Loutrel -- Against nature : European society and the Great War / Margaret MacMillan -- "A new world"? Artists at war / Michael R. Marrus -- Recovering the feminine, animating the soul / Rosemary Gosselin -- "Alone in the wilderness" : Northern European perspectives / Roald Nasgaard -- Facining infinity : Hodler's lakes and mountains / William S. Kervin -- "Rendering the God-spirit" : wilderness landscapes in North America / Roald Nasgaard -- Immersed in the cosmos : the astronomical sublime / Peter G. Martin -- Cosmic visions : in search of the Axis Mundi / Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov -- Out-of-Body sensations : neuroscience and mysticism / Andrew D. Bains.