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Van Gogh and the avant-garde

On view at the Art Institute of Chicago from May 14 to September 4, 2023, the exhibition "Van Gogh and the Avant-Garde: The Modern Landscape" is organized in collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. It brings together more than 75 paintings and drawings by Vincent Van Gogh as well as Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Emile Bernard and Charles Angrand,

Vincent van Gogh. Fishing in Spring, the Pont de Clichy (Asnières), 1887. The Art Institute of Chicago
Vincent van Gogh. Fishing in Spring, the Pont de Clichy (Asnières), 1887. The Art Institute of Chicago

Each artist explored the use of muted brushstrokes and strong colors in innovative ways, in turn developing new styles of painting. As Jacquelyn N. Coutré, associate curator of the Eleanor Wood Prince Department of European Paintings and Sculptures, remarks, “The pioneering work of Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Émile Bernard and Charles Angrand in the northwestern suburbs of Paris prompted Vincent Van Gogh to rethink his painting. Working with these painters, he learned to energize his brushwork and to "see color", two important contributions to his rapid development as an artist.

Edma Morisot. Portrait de Berthe Morisot au chevalet. Vers 1865. Collection particulière
Paul Signac La jonction à Bois-Colombes 1886 Leeds City Art Galleries

As Vincent Van Gogh remarked in a letter shortly before his arrival in Paris, "the bringing together of the extremes – the countryside as a whole and the bustle here [in the city] – gives me new ideas".

Émile Bernard Le Pont d'Asnière 1887 The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Émile Bernard Le Pont d'Asnière 1887 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

This exhibition features many works from private collections that are rarely exhibited. Twenty-five paintings are by Vincent Van Gogh, including paintings from three triptychs that will be presented together for the first time.


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