Romanticism in the North: from Friedrich to Turner

09 December 2017 to 06 May 2018

The Groninger Museum presents Romanticism in the North: From Friedrich to Turner, the first international survey exhibition of northern European Romantic landscape painting. Dramatic scenes of raging seas, imposing mountains and erupting volcanoes alternate with quiet moonlit nights and peaceful fields where lonely figures pause to rest. Come and discover more than 95 magnificent works from the Netherlands, Germany, Scandinavia and Great Britain!

Landscape painting flowered in the Romantic era (ca. 1800–1850) thanks to artists like J.M.W. Turner in England, Caspar David Friedrich in Germany and Johan Christian Dahl in Norway. Not only does their work still speak to the imagination today, a new sensibility that developed during the period went on to shape modern art. Along with looking carefully at the world around them, painters began turning their gaze inward as well. The landscapes they painted are as varied and changeable as human emotion. Their depictions of nature provide a spiritual as well as a historical experience. 

Curated by David Jackson, Ruud Schenk and Andreas Blühm.

Fun for the family
There’s always something to do at the Groninger Museum – an interactive family tour, a concert, or a workshop where you can unleash your creativity. 

  • Knud Baade, Scene from the Era of Norwegian Sagas, 1850, Collection of Asbjørn Lunde, New York. Photo © Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Tromsø, Norway
  • Carl Gustav Carus, Mountain landscape, 1821, Museum Bautzen, Germany
  • Martinus Rørbye, View from the Roman Campagna, 1835, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden
  • Carl Blechen, Country road in winter at moonlight, ca. 1836, Die Lübecker Museen, Museum Behnhaus Drägerhaus, Lübeck, Germany