ROMANTICALLY MODERN: PACIFIC NORTHWEST LANDSCAPES

March – June 19, 2016, Old City Hall

Kathleen Houlahan, Mount Baker, 1930s; Oil on canvas, 2014.29.1. Gift of Nora Borgstrom.

Kathleen Houlahan, Mount Baker, 1930s; Oil on canvas, 2014.29.1. Gift of Nora Borgstrom.

Back by popular demand and displayed in the Old City Hall galleries, this exhibition highlights the rich legacy of landscape painting in the Pacific Northwest. All of the artworks, drawn from the collection of the Whatcom Museum, reflect the artists’ search for a spiritual experience that was often described as sublime in nineteenth-century Romantic art and literature. At the same time, the twentieth-century artists featured here interpret nature and express their emotional response to the landscape through modernist styles.