Paris! The City of Light has been an inspiration for centuries. The French capital drew artists from across Europe in the 19th century. The exhibition 'The Dutch in Paris 1789–1914. Van Spaendonck, Jongkind, Van Gogh, Van Dongen, Mondriaan', will present Paris through the eyes and hearts of eight Dutch artists. On view from 13 October 2017.
13 October 2017 - 7 January 2018
Paris, with all its creative hotspots, exhibitions and training opportunities, exerted a magical attraction throughout the nineteenth century on artists from all corners of the world. New generations left their native countries to go where the action was.
In the exhibition The Dutch in Paris 1789-1914 will present Paris with the work of Dutch artists like George Hendrik Breitner, Kees van Dongen, Piet Mondriaan, and, of course, Vincent van Gogh. Not only did French artists like Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet influence their work, the Dutch made their mark on French art too. For the first time these works are shown in conjunction with each other.
The Dutch in Paris will show how the interaction between artists in Paris came about and sheds light on the impact it had on both Dutch and French art. It was Jongkind, for instance, who taught Monet, Boudin and Sisley how to capture light on the canvas. Dutch painters returning home from Paris influenced their fellow artists in the Netherlands: Breitner brought French impressionism to his native country, prompting Isaac Israels to begin painting ballerinas and nudes as well: subjects that had previously been quite unusual among Dutch artists.
The exhibition can be read as a passionate love story between the Netherlands and France: painters take the viewer on a journey to the ever-changing French capital and show us the city with their eyes and hearts. The chosen works explore Paris and its development through images of Haussmann’s famous boulevards, nightspots like the Folies Bergères and districts such as Montmartre. Which spots are still familiar? Which have changed beyond recognition?
Van Gogh & La France in 2017
The Dutch in Paris 1789-1914 is part of the Van Gogh Museum's 'Van Gogh & La France in 2017' programme. Meanwhile, The Dutch in Barbizon will be shown at The Mesdag Collection in The Hague (part of the Van Gogh Museum), from 27 October 2017 to 14 January 2018.
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The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) and the Petit Palais in Paris. It features over 130 works, among which a selection of loans from museums and private collections in France and the United States can be admired. Many of them for the first time in the Netherlands.
The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Van Lanschot, Takii Seed, AkzoNobel, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, BankGiro Lottery, Petit Palais, and the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD).