Landscapes: Real and Imagined

August 16, 2014—February 22, 2015

Location: Nelson-Atkins Building, Gallery P27

The prints and drawings in this exhibition document some of the real and imagined places that 19th and 20th century artists have visited. They ask us to travel with them to places near and far.

In the 19th century, a taste for adventure and romance took many landscape painters to varied and distant lands. Whether exploring Egyptian monuments, Greek ruins or their native countryside, these artists sought to imbue their landscapes with light, atmosphere and a sense of place.

Twentieth-century European artists turned their eyes upon the ordinary world around them, conveying a life of simple moments through glimpses of city streets, lakes and harbors, and the surrounding countryside. The sketchy, unfinished look of many of these works is intentional. In this way, the artist invites the viewer to complete the vision.

Image: Lyonel Feininger, American, 1871-1956. Vollersroda III, 1914. Charcoal and ink on paper. Purchase: acquired through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Milton McGreevy through the Westport Fund.

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