banner image Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890)
Fishing in Spring, the Pont de Clichy (Asnières), 1887 [detail]; oil on canvas
Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Charles Deering McCormick, Brooks McCormick, and the Estate of Roger McCormick
Van Gogh and the Avant-Garde: The Modern Landscape
Between 1882 and 1890, Vincent van Gogh, along with Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Emile Bernard, and Charles Angrand flocked to villages around Asnières, outside Paris. This area along the Seine River had long been a popular spot for recreation and relaxation but was becoming increasingly populated with coal, gas, and manufacturing facilities in the last decades of the 19th century. And while its industrial development was an unappealing aspect to many, these artists found in the changing physical and social landscape a fresh and rich source of creativity. The area’s visual vocabulary—its bridges, embankments, factories, parks, and villages—along with its sunlight, water, and brilliant natural color prompted intense experimentation.
More than 75 paintings and drawings from this intensely creative period—many from private collections and rarely publicly displayed—come together for this insightful presentation. Among them are 25 works by Van Gogh, including two triptychs that will be shown together for the first time. Uniting these outstanding works in this exhibition not only sheds new light on the boundary-pushing techniques Van Gogh and his fellow painters developed during this time, but it also illuminates the power of place to inspire—to encourage pioneering work, launch career-changing ideas, and shape artistic identities.
image upper left Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989)
Inventions of the Monsters, 1937; oil on canvas
Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, Joseph Winterbotham Collection
© Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2018
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