International Symposium BY Christoph Heilmann Foundation

Mobility and the Experience of Nature in the Nineteenth Century –
Landscape Painting: An Art of Travel?

Mobility and the experience of nature are two pivotal factors driving the evolution of landscape painting in the nineteenth century. Traveling to destinations near and far, artists not only developed new creative practices, they also invented a novel genre: the oil study. Traveling became fashionable, but more fundamentally, it came to be regarded as the landscape painter’s ideal education and essential to his identity; an influential early source in this regard is the famous handbook by Pierre Henri de Valenciennes (1800, published in German translation in 1803). The desire for immersion in nature, the search for new motifs, and the need for creative exchange with other artists made landscape painting a paradigmatic European art form. The international symposium uses the collection of intimate European landscapes and oil studies of the Christoph Heilmann Stiftung and Lenbachhaus as the point of departure for an exploration of these developments.In no other period in history was the work of landscape painters defined by mobility to a similar degree. Starting in the Romantic era, the radius of the artist’s travels grew incessantly: from the peregrinations and coach rides of earlier generationsto trips by ship and railroad. Landscape art emerged as an appealing alternative to the oversized formats of urban studio painting, emphasizing mobility and intimacy and coalescing into the “paysage intime,” a type that subsequently became one of the seeds of Impressionism.

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