© Kees van Dongen, The blue dress, 1911, Van Gogh Museum.
AMSTERDAM - 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 to where the action was.
The exhibition The Dutch in Paris 1789-1914 at the Van Gogh Museum (Oct. 13, 2017, to January 7, 2018) will present Paris with the work of Dutch artists like George Hendrik Breitner, Kees van Dongen, Piet Mondrian, and, of course, Vincent van Gogh. Not only did French artists influence their work, the Dutch made their mark on contemporary artists in France too. For the first time these works are shown in conjunction with each other.
The Dutch in Paris 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.
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Garden with Courting Couples: Square Saint-Pierre, Paris, May 1887, oil on canvas, 75.0 cm x 113.0 cm, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).
Also, from October 27, 2017, to January 7, 2018, The Dutch in Barbizon. Maris, Mauve, Weissenbruch will open in The Mesdag Collection in The Hague. This exhibition is an extra chapter to The Dutch in Paris 1789 - 1914 and is mainly focused on Jacob Maris.
The Dutch in Barbizon recounts the story of French artists (primarily) from the Hague School, who travelled to the area around the village of Barbizon in France. This exhibition is dedicated to the Dutch response to the renowned Barbizon School.
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Boulevard de Clichy, Paris, March - April 1887, oil on canvas, 46 cm x 55.5 cm , Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Montmartre: Behind the Moulin de la Galette, Paris, July 1887, oil on canvas, 81 cm x 100 cm, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), View from Theo's Apartment, Paris, March - April 1887, oil on canvas, 45.9 cm x 38.1 cm, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).
Camille Pissarro (1830 - 1903), Haymaking, Éragny, Éragny, 1887, oil on canvas, 55 cm x 66 cm, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (purchased with support from the BankGiro Loterij, the Mondriaan Fund, the Rembrandt Association and her Claude Monet Fund, and the VSB Foundation).
Ary Johannes Lamme, Ary Scheffer at Work in the Large Studio at his House at 16 Rue Chaptal, 1851, Dordrechts Museum (Cornelia Marjolin-Scheffer Bequest, 1899).
Gerard van Spaendonck, Flowers in an Alabaster Vase and Fruits on a Marble Top, 1781, Het Noordbrabants Museum, Den Bosch.
Johan Barthold Jongkind, Notre-Dame de Paris Seen from Quai de la Tournelle, 1852, Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris.
Johan Barthold Jongkind, Rue des Franc-Bourgeois Saint-Marcel, 1868, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.
Ary Scheffer, Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta Appraised by Dante and Virgil, 1854, Hamburger Kunsthalle.
Eugène Boudin, In the Inn at Saint-Siméon, 1862, Private collection, courtesy of Galerie Schmit Paris.
Alfred Sisley, A Tug on the River Loing, Saint-Mammès, 1883, Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris.
Paul Signac, The Moulin de la Galette on Montmartre, 1884, Musée Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris.
Emile Bernard, Two Breton Woman in a Meadow, 1886, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
Kees van Dongen, A la Galette, 1906, Private collection (with thanks to Art Veras, Geneva).
Kees van Dongen, Hindu Dancer, c. 1909-10, Private collection (with thanks to Libby Howie).
Piet Mondrian, Composition XV, 1913, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Jan Sluijters, Bal Tabarin, 1907, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Piet van der Hem, Moulin Rouge, c. 1908-09, Private collection, courtesy of Mark Smit, Ommen.
Pablo Picasso, Le Sacré-Coeur, 1909-10, Musée Picasso, Paris.
Piet Mondrian, Composition XIV, 1913, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.