Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more

Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more

At Philip Sung Design we’re firm believers of the importance of cultural and historical awareness for creative inspiration, so we’re occasionally given to mid-day trips to shows such as Mystical Landscapes at the AGO. Exposure to an entirely different aesthetic context pulls us out of our everyday routine so that we return to the office with a refreshed creative outlook.

Mystical Landscapes comprises a vast collection of remarkable works by 37 artists from the years 1880 to 1930, a pivotal period when so much in the Western world was in flux. Rather than addressing the dramatic urbanization, ceaseless technological innovation, and countless wars of the time directly, however, the show focuses on the surprising abundance of dreamy landscapes of the period. It reveals how artists turned to nature and spirituality as respite from turbulent times increasingly governed by technology and science, often through introspective, hypnopompic imagery, a search for the soul in a ceaselessly-cold time.
 
The show is on until February 12th; for more information, see the official website here.