September 30, 2023


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Artwork Historical past Information: Van Gogh and the Avant-Garde: The Fashionable Panorama

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 Artwork Institute of Chicago

(Might 14–September 4, 2023)


Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

(October 13, 2023–January 14, 2024)

Vincent van Gogh. Fishing in Spring, the Pont de Clichy (Asnières), 1887. The Artwork Institute of Chicago, reward of Charles Deering McCormick, Brooks McCormick, and the Property of Roger McCormick.

Throughout an intensely artistic interval between 1882 and 1890, Vincent van Gogh and different notable Publish-Impressionists discovered new inspiration within the altering panorama simply outdoors of Paris. On view on the Artwork Institute of Chicago Might 14 by way of September 4, 2023, Van Gogh and the Avant-Garde: The Fashionable Panorama brings collectively greater than 75 work and drawings from this formative interval by Van Gogh in addition to Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Emile Bernard, and Charles Angrand, shedding new gentle on their boundary-pushing strategies and illuminating the ability of place to form inventive identities. 

Lengthy a well-liked spot for leisure actions, the world alongside the Seine River underwent a interval of speedy growth towards the top of the nineteenth century, as coal, fuel, and manufacturing amenities appeared alongside the skyline. The tensions between recreation and business seen within the landscapes of Asnières and different close by locales attracted Van Gogh and his contemporaries, igniting their creativity and prompting them to develop new methods of recording what they noticed. As Van Gogh remarked in a letter shortly earlier than his arrival in Paris, “the bringing collectively of extremes—the countryside as an entire and the bustle right here [in the city]—offers me new concepts.”

Every artist explored using discrete brushstrokes and powerful colours in revolutionary methods, in flip growing novel types of portray. As Jacquelyn N. Coutré, Eleanor Wooden Prince Affiliate Curator, Portray and Sculpture of Europe, remarks, “The pioneering work by Seurat, Signac, Bernard, and Angrand within the northwestern suburbs of Paris prompted many artists, together with Van Gogh, to rethink the chances of portray. It was right here, on this location and along side these artists, that he realized to energise his brushstroke and to ‘see shade’, each essential contributions to his speedy growth as an artist.” 

The greater than 75 works on this revelatory presentation embody many from non-public collections which are hardly ever displayed. Twenty-five works are by Van Gogh, together with work from three triptychs that might be proven collectively for the primary time. 

Van Gogh and the Avant-Garde: The Fashionable Panorama is organized by the Artwork Institute of Chicago and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

This exhibition is curated by Jacquelyn N. Coutré, Eleanor Wooden Prince Affiliate Curator, Portray and Sculpture of Europe, on the Artwork Institute of Chicago, and Bregje Gerritse, researcher on the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, with the help of Jena Okay. Carvana, curatorial affiliate in Portray and Sculpture of Europe on the Artwork Institute of Chicago. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a totally illustrated catalogue with essays by the curators and different famous students, an examination of the revolutionary portrayals of business and leisure created by 5 avant-garde artists working at Asnières within the late nineteenth century, From 1881 to 1890, Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Emile Bernard, and Charles Angrand selected Asnières, a suburb of Paris, as a website of inventive experimentation. Positioned on the Seine, Asnières grew to become a well-liked vacation spot for Parisians because of aquatic sports activities and festivals beginning within the 1850s, facilitated by the arrival of recent practice stations and bridges earlier within the century. This handy new transportation system had beckoned Parisians to extra distant locations like Argenteuil and Bougival, ensuing within the river scenes depicted by Impressionists like Monet and Renoir. On the similar time, the idyllic panorama of Asnières more and more contrasted with the factories showing on the other aspect of the river. Homing in on the tensions between leisure and work, the avant-garde artists at Asnières sought to seize the sensation of this starkly fashionable panorama by growing revolutionary motifs, types, and strategies that pushed their work in new instructions. Providing an unprecedented in-depth take a look at the work produced by the artists at Asnières, this handsomely illustrated quantity consists of scholarly essays on every of the artists in addition to a map detailing the places the place the artists painted.


Vincent van Gogh. The Restaurant Rispal at Asnières, 1887. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Artwork, Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, Reward of Henry W. and Marion H. Bloch, 2015.13.10. Photograph courtesy Nelson-Atkins Media Providers, Jamison Miller.

Vincent van Gogh. Factories at Clichy, 1887. Saint Louis Artwork Museum, Funds given by Mrs. Mark C. Steinberg by change 579:1958.

Emile Bernard. Iron Bridges at Asnières, 1887. The Museum of Fashionable Artwork, New York, Grace Rainey Rogers Fund, 1962.

Charles Angrand. The Seine at Courbevoie: La Grande Jatte, 1888. Larock-Granoff Assortment.

Paul Signac. Gasometers at Clichy, 1886. Nationwide Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Felton Bequest, 1948.

Vincent van Gogh. Exterior of a Restaurant in Asnières, Might–June 1887. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Basis).

Paul Signac. The Junction at Bois-Colombes (Opus no. 130), 1886. Leeds Metropolis Artwork Galleries.

Georges Seurat. The Seine at Courbevoie, 1885. Personal assortment.

Vincent van Gogh. A Lady Strolling in a Backyard, 1887. Personal assortment.

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