BALTIMORE, MD – From bright watercolors to thickly painted landscapes with bold explorations of color and form, Expressions of Nature: Early 20th-Century Landscapes presents the many ways that European and American artists depicted the world around them during a period of great artistic change. On view March 10 through September 22, 2019, this intimate exhibition includes a selection of luminous paintings and rarely shown watercolors and drawings by William H. Johnson, Gustav Klimt, John Marin, Piet Mondrian, Grace Turnbull, Hale Woodruff, and other artists who made the natural world their own in new and compelling ways.

“Thanks to the generosity of many wonderful collectors and donors, this exhibition of land and seascapes is drawn almost entirely from the BMA’s outstanding collection,” said BMA Senior Curator of European Painting & Sculpture Katy Rothkopf. “Despite the ever-changing weather in Baltimore, visitors will see inspiring and dynamic views of the outside world through the eyes of some of the most important modern artists of the early 20th century.”

Expressions of Nature brings together a wide-ranging group of artists from different backgrounds and generations whose depictions of nature evoke a variety of moods or ideas. Some were drawn to the Impressionists’ fascination with a realistic, yet modern depiction of light and color captured at a particular moment in time. Others were inspired by the Post-Impressionists’ more structured compositions with geometric forms and bold color. Some examples were produced quickly outside, while others were finished in the studio after much work. Among the exhibition highlights are beautiful seascapes by John Marin, Claude Monet, and Grace Turnbull; bold Expressionist paintings by Ernst Kirchner, William H. Johnson, and Chaim Soutine; sublime landscapes by Gustav Klimt and Hale Woodruff; and an early charcoal drawing by Piet Mondrian. Many of the watercolors included in the exhibition have not been on view at the BMA for more than a decade.

Expressions of Nature: Early 20th-Century Landscapes is curated by BMA Senior Curator of European Painting & Sculpture Katy Rothkopf.

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John Marin. Rocks and Sea, Maine. 1919. The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland, BMA 1950.218. © Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York