Evocative Landscape

From the middle of the 1880s a series of artists started to distance themselves from the realistic ideal. Now it became more important to create a subjective, evocative art.

Vilhelm Hammershøi, Tree Trunks, Arresødal, Frederiksværk, 1904

Vilhelm Hammershøi, Tree Trunks, Arresødal, Frederiksværk, 1904

Simplified and decorative
A particularly evocative mood is communicated in the paintings, you sense the presence of something above and beyond the visual, an atmosphere that can help awaken the imagination of the viewer. By bringing an increased emotional dimension to the landscape, the artists gave their landscapes a higher level of personal character than had been possible in the more realistic works.


"Instinctively the evocative painter seeks a lighting, a natural mood, an area where he can suggest a spirit, which shares the torments and joys of his soul, his light and dark dreams. In this way he presents nature with a spirit and gives her a speaking tongue, whose language is interpreted by his art."

Painter Richard Bergh, 1896

“In an evocative landscape painting, the artist tends to harmonize and stylize the subject, consciously striving to evoke emotion.”
Art historian, Annika Waenerberg, 2006


Nordic Sublime

Close to nature

In the open air

Evocative landscape

Landscapes of the mind

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