Sammlung: Van Gogh and the Avant-Garde: The Modern Landscape

 

Art Institute of Chicago

May 14 through September 4, 2023

During an intensely creative period between 1882 and 1890, Vincent van Gogh and other notable Post-Impressionists found new inspiration in the changing landscape just outside of Paris. On view at the Art Institute of Chicago May 14 through September 4, 2023, Van Gogh and the Avant-Garde: The Modern Landscape brings together more than 75 paintings and drawings from this formative period by Van Gogh as well as Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Emile Bernard, and Charles Angrand, shedding new light on their boundary-pushing techniques and illuminating the power of place to shape artistic identities. 

Long a popular spot for leisure activities, the area along the Seine River underwent a period of rapid development toward the end of the 19th century, as coal, gas, and manufacturing facilities appeared along the skyline. The tensions between recreation and industry visible in the landscapes of Asnières and other nearby locales attracted Van Gogh and his contemporaries, igniting their creativity and prompting them to develop new ways of recording what they saw. As Van Gogh remarked in a letter shortly before his arrival in Paris, “the bringing together of extremes—the countryside as a whole and the bustle here [in the city]—gives me new ideas.”

Each artist explored the use of discrete brushstrokes and strong colors in innovative ways, in turn developing novel styles of painting. As Jacquelyn N. Coutré, Eleanor Wood Prince Associate Curator, Painting and Sculpture of Europe, remarks, “The pioneering work by Seurat, Signac, Bernard, and Angrand in the northwestern suburbs of Paris prompted many artists, including Van Gogh, to rethink the possibilities of painting. It was here, in this location and in conjunction with these artists, that he learned to energize his brushstroke and to ‘see color’, both important contributions to his rapid development as an artist.” 

The more than 75 works in this revelatory presentation include many from private collections that are rarely displayed. Twenty-five works are by Van Gogh, including paintings from three triptychs that will be shown together for the first time. 

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Self-Portrait by Vincent van Gogh
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Fishing in Spring, the Pont de Clichy (Asnières) by Vincent van Gogh
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River Bank in Springtime by Vincent van Gogh
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Restaurant Rispal at Asnières by Vincent van Gogh
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A Sunday on La Grande Jatte - 1884 by Georges Seurat
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Factories at Clichy by Vincent van Gogh
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The Bridge at Courbevoie by Vincent Van Gogh
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Gasometers at Clichy by Paul Signac
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By the Seine by Vincent Van Gogh
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The Factory by Vincent Van Gogh
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Garden with Courting Couples: Square Saint-Pierre by Vincent van Gogh
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Square Saint-Pierre at Sunset by Vincent van Gogh
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