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Les Vingt

The artists in the Belgian group called Les Vingt banded together in 1883 to bypass the jury system of the official Brussels Salon and organized their own exhibitions. Local critics dubbed these neoimpressionists “Les Bubonnistes,” decrying what they saw as a plague descending on traditional art. But the avant-garde in France coveted invitations to exhibit at their annual shows. Van Gogh expressed surprised when asked to join them in 1890: “I should like to exhibit with them very much, though I'm conscious of my inferiority by the side of so many tremendously talented Belgians.”

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