—Gustav Mahler, program notes from the second performance of Symphony No. 1, Hamburg, Germany, October 27, 1893
“…the introduction depicts the awakening of Nature from the long sleep of winter.”
Carnegie Museum of Art is delighted to bring you artwork from our collection whose stories and themes connect with the sounds you will hear from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. We hope you enjoy experiencing this work of art alongside the performance.
The connecting thread between nature and humans is the driving force behind both Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot’s and Gustav Mahler’s works. Corot and Mahler were separated by time and place yet each explored nature in literal and metaphorical ways. Mahler, an avid walker, found the divine in the wilderness and abhorred the idea that nature should simply be depicted as pretty. Corot’s plein air landscape paintings inspired the Impressionists. In this painting, Corot heightens for us the beautiful irregularities of nature as we, the humans, traverse the larger world around us.