Johan Christian Dahl – View of Dresden by Moonlight (1839)

“Why has looking at the moon become so beneficiary, so soothing and so sublime?”, asked German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer in 1840. “Because the moon remains purely an object for contemplation, not of the will. […] Furthermore, the moon is sublime, and moves us sublimely because it stays aloof from all our earthly activities, it sees…

József Rippl-Rónai – A Park at Night (1892 – 1895)

After moving to Paris in 1888 and joining Les Nabis, a group of Post-impressionists that included Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis and Félix Vallotton, Hungarian painter József Rippl-Rónai’s art took a modern turn. Those years spent in Paris are known as his black period, for he painted numerous women set against dark backgrounds. Dating from his…