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,
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.
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".
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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