Past Exhibitions

Rapture and Ruin
Landscape Work from the Collection

October 25, 2008 to January 25, 2009


Paul Cézanne
Les Baigneurs (Grande Planche)
1896-1898
lithograph on paper
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund
Although landscape is currently one of the most popular genres within the visual arts, it only emerged as a distinct category in Western art during the 18th century, when artists shifted away from using landscape strictly as a background for religious or historical subjects and began to focus attention on the natural environment as a something worthy of attention in itself. Since that time, landscape art has evolved as both a set of conventions through which we perceive the natural and built environments and as a site in which established perceptions of those environments can be called into question.

Drawn from the Gallery’s collection, this exhibition will examine some of the traditions that have shaped the representation of landscape from the late 18th century up to the present, through the work of artists such as Karin Buba? Donald Young Cameron, Emily Carr, Paul Cézanne, Peter Doig, Geoffrey James, Anish Kapoor, Komar and Melamid, David Milne, Joseph Nash, Robert Smithson, Takao Tanabe and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, among others.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art.