The Enchanting Landscape in the Days of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
- Thu 28/06/12 - Sun 16/09/12
- Musée Rath| Place Neuve
Jean-Jacques Rousseau developed a very personal approach to the landscapes he viewed. During his journeys and walks he would make numerous observations on the topography, meteorology and botany of the region. He also maintained an ongoing philosophical reflection, awarding individual values to every panorama and describing its particularities and qualities. This new viewpoint embodied a transition between a topographical landscape perspective and the advent of an emotional approach to scenery. It would at first be found in Rousseau’s texts and subsequently be adopted by engravers and artists who disseminated it throughout Europe. By giving large importance to the printed image, the exhibition is dedicated to this transformation of the perception of landscapes as initiated by Rousseau. Conceived as a thematic journey through 18th-century Europe, it uses prints to illustrate this evolution that notably can be perceived in the depictions of mountains, countrysides, water and even air.
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