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Gauguin’s Painting of Vincent van Gogh

In February of 1888, Post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh rented rooms in a small yellow house on the Place Lamartine in the provincial town of Arles in Southern France. It was Van Gogh’s dream to start a Studio of the South, a colony where artists would be able to work in collaboration. In a letter to his brother, Theo, in early May, after becoming situated in the Yellow House, Van Gogh expressed an interest to have someone join him in the studio, perhaps friend and fellow artist, Paul Gauguin. Gauguin was open to the idea though it took him some time to finally arrive, which raised the anxiety level of …..

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The Armory Show Celebrates 100th Anniversary

It is the 100th anniversary of the famous 1913 New York Armory Show and the New York Historical Society is celebrating with The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution.  In 1913 Arthur B. Davies and a small group of American artists wanted to introduce the American public to the latest developments in European culture including European avant-garde painting and sculpture so they brought the International Exhibition of Modern Art to New York and presented the works at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue, which earned the exhibition the nickname of The Armory Show. The American public was not ready for what they would see inside the walls of …..

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The Beginning of Post-Impressionism

Roger Fry, an English artist and art critic, organized the first Post-Impressionist art exhibit, Manet and the Post-Impressionists, at London’s Grafton Galleries.  The landmark exhibition, which took place in 1910, was the first to introduce the British public to works by Cézanne, Gaugin, Manet, Matisse, Seurat and Van Gogh.  The exhibition, though somewhat a disaster, was one of the most important moments in modern art. Roger Fry coined the term Post-Impressionism to describe the development of French art since Edouard Manet.  Post-Impressionists rejected the limitations of Impressionism.  They used vivid colors, thick paint application, distinct brush strokes and real-life subjects just as the Impressionists but they were dissatisfied with the …..

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