A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic Landscapes

Samuel Palmer, The Haunted Stream, c. 1826, Brush and brown ink and brown ink wa
Samuel Palmer, The Haunted Stream, c. 1826, Brush and brown ink and brown ink wash on wove paper, 92 x 123 mm (The Morgan Library & Museum)

Emily Spicer reviews the exhibition A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic Landscapes from Britain and Germany at The Courtauld Gallery, London, on view through April 27, 2014.

Spicer writes that the "tendency towards introspection was a common theme in Romantic landscape art and, as A Dialogue with Nature illustrates, so too was the direct observation of the natural world... In the hands of the Romantic painters, however, landscape art took on a new depth of meaning... In the pursuit of accurate observations then, both German and British artists found common ground in a shared fascination with the most fleeting forces of the natural world."