Van Gogh Museum acquires painting by Charles Angrand

5 July 2012

Charles Angrand (1854-1926), La Seine, Le Matin (Saint Ouen), 1886, Van Gogh Museum, AmsterdamThe Van Gogh Museum has purchased the painting La Seine, Le Matin (Saint Ouen), made in 1886 by Charles Angrand (1854-1926). This is the first painting by Angrand in the collection and represents a major addition to the small set of Neo-Impressionist works already present in the Van Gogh Museum. This new acquisition will be on display in the Van Gogh Museum until 24 September.

Van Gogh and Angrand
Van Gogh and Angrand moved in the same artistic circles and met in 1886. Van Gogh deeply admired Angrand’s work, as we know from a correspondence in which he proposed that they exchange paintings. They were experimenting with the Neo-Impressionist technique at the same time. Angrand applied this technique more systematically, following Seurat’s example, while Van Gogh took greater liberties, for instance in Bank of the Seine (1887), which has a similar composition to La Seine, Le Matin (Saint Ouen). By exhibiting the art of his contemporaries, the Van Gogh Museum hopes to give visitors greater insight into the life and work of Vincent van Gogh.

View of the Seine
The new acquisition shows the moving, reflecting waters of the Seine with a view of Saint Ouen. This subject is in keeping with the tradition of the Impressionists, and the use of colour is also reminiscent of those earlier painters. But Angrand opted for a higher horizon and created a contrast between the peach-coloured background and the blue water, revealing his Neo-Impressionist sensibilities. The painter later looked back on this painting as a transitional piece in which he was slowly but surely developing his Neo-Impressionist style. He was evidently pleased with this view of the Seine, since he placed it in several exhibitions, such as the Salon des Indépendants of 1886, where Vincent van Gogh probably saw it.

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