The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 Friday, June 5, 2020


Groundbreaking exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum explores Millet's legacy
Jean-François Millet, French, 1814–1875; “Haystacks: Autumn”, c. 1874; oil on canvas; 33 1/2 x 43 3/8 inches; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Lillian S. Timken, 1959 2020.71.



ST. LOUIS, MO.- The Saint Louis Art Museum opened “Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dalí,” an exhibition that examines, for the first time, the international legacy of the 19th-century French painter, Jean-François Millet.

Millet (1814-1875) was a pioneer in developing innovative imagery of rural peasantry, landscapes and nudes, and his work had a deep impact on later generations of artists. In the late-19th century, he was arguably the best-known modern painter, and his works sold for the highest prices of any modern pictures at auction. Today, he is less well known, and “Millet and Modern Art” explores Millet’s original importance and the international range of artists he influenced.

The exhibition is organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. It opened in St. Louis on Feb. 16 and runs through May 17.

“This groundbreaking exhibition rediscovers Millet’s critical role in the birth and development of modern art,” said Brent R. Benjamin, the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum. “It will be a visually stunning treat for our visitors and it is an important contribution to art historical scholarship.”

Masterworks on loan from many of the world’s greatest museums situate Millet’s imagery within the context of work by a wide, international range of artists whom he influenced. Among the latter are the Dutchman Vincent van Gogh; the Frenchmen Camille Pissarro, Georges Seurat and Claude Monet; the Italian Giovanni Segantini; the American Winslow Homer; the German Paula Modersohn-Becker; the Norwegian Edvard Munch and the Spaniard Salvador Dalí.

Rural labor was always an important theme for Millet, and the exhibition looks at imagery such as the sower, the reaper, and the gleaner, in which the artist articulated his sympathy for the marginalized rural poor and suggested larger metaphorical narratives of birth and death. Millet’s work had a particularly deep impact on Van Gogh, who referred to him as “father Millet.”

The exhibition includes several iconic images by Van Gogh, including two important paintings of “The Sower” and the Musée d’Orsay’s rarely lent “Starry Night”, which predates van Gogh’s painting of the same title in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Among the American artists represented in the show is Homer, whose “The Bright Side” reinterprets Millet’s imagery through the lens of race.

In the late 19th century, Millet’s drawings and pastels were often seen as more formally radical than his paintings.

The show includes important groupings of works on paper, demonstrating their impact on artists such as Georges Seurat. There is also a body of Millet’s little-known nude imagery that deeply affected Edgar Degas.

The exhibition emphasizes the significance of Millet’s landscape paintings that increasingly dominated his practice in the last decade of his life. His marine imagery is paired with that of his fellow Norman, Monet, who was also fascinated by the sea. An important loan in this section is “Spring,” a late masterpiece in which Millet showcases his ability to capture light from a passing rainbow. This is related to imagery by the American George Inness.

The final and culminating section of the exhibition centers on Millet’s “Angelus,” one of the most expensive modern paintings of the late 19th century and an important national symbol of France to this day. The show includes related work by artists including Munch, the Russian Natalia Goncharova, and an important group of pictures by Dalí, who was obsessed by Millet’s "Angelus."

The exhibition is co-curated by Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and Maite van Dijk, senior curator at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

“Millet and Modern Art” is organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, with exceptional support from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. The exhibition is presented in St. Louis by the Betsy and Thomas Patterson Foundation. Additional support is provided by the E. Desmond Lee Family Endowment for Exhibitions; the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; the National Endowment for the Arts; and Christie’s.

“Millet and Modern Art” is accompanied by a 208-page, fully illustrated catalogue edited by Kelly and van Dijk and published by Yale University Press. Other contributors include Nienke Bakker, senior curator of paintings at the Van Gogh Museum, and Abigail Yoder, research assistant at the Saint Louis Art Museum.










Today's News

February 18, 2020

A tragic story unfolds in brilliant moving images at the Neuberger Museum of Art

6 Cooper Hewitt trustees resign after Director's removal

Kunstmuseum Den Haag acquires early work by Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart

The Morgan explores the captivating Book of Ruth

Groundbreaking exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum explores Millet's legacy

Ai Weiwei releases Safety Jackets Zipped the Other Way: An artwork that anyone can build themselves

Pair facing charges over France sex-tape scandal

Coronavirus empties European cities of Chinese tourists

Monroe Gallery of Photography opens first posthumous retrospective exhibition of photographs by Ida Wyman

Frieze Los Angeles 2020 builds on the success of inaugural year with energetic attendance and exceptional sales

Bruce Museum opens "Under the Skin" science exhibition

Jenny Waldman to be next director of Art Fund

Georgia Museum of Art wins award for "Richard Hunt" exhibition

Unchained melody: Traditional music revived as security improves

Exhibition addresses issues of race, gender, equality, identity and power

Pieter De Hooch exhibition at the Museum Prinsenhof Delft attracts record amount of visitors

SPECTRA 2020 welcomed thousands to the streets of Aberdeen

Georgia Sagri presents IASI [Recovery] at Mimosa House London

OMM presents a kinetic installation inspired by world's first computer programmer Ada Lovelace

Unique timepiece is what the doctor ordered at Bonhams

Copy of The Federalist given by James Madison coming to Heritage Auctions' Rare Books Auction

UK music producer Andy Weatherall dead at 56

Charles Portis, elusive author of 'True Grit,' dies at 86

Kamau Brathwaite, poet who celebrated Caribbean culture, dies at 89

How to edit your photos easily and for free with inPixio Free Photo Editor

The Essentials of Coil and Conical Springs




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Buy tramadol online
sa gaming free credit

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful