What do artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, Munch and Dalí have in common? They were all inspired by the French artist Jean-François Millet. Millet’s oeuvre and the work of the many artists whom he inspired were on view in this autumn exhibition.
4 October 2019 – 12 January 2020
The exhibition Jean-François Millet: Sowing the Seeds of Modern Art illustrated just how progressive the work of Jean-François Millet (1814-1875) was for his time. With his radical painting technique, modern style and inspirational portrayal of peasant life, Millet undoubtedly sowed the seeds of modern art.
This was the first exhibition to explore how Millet’s work inspired the art of numerous well-known artists, such as Vincent van Gogh, Camille Pissarro, Georges Seurat, Claude Monet, Giovanni Segantini, Winslow Homer, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Edvard Munch, Kazimir Malevich and Salvador Dalí.
Millet had an animated and successful career. During his life, his paintings were often criticised, due to his radical painting technique and the social criticism thought to be manifested in his depiction of peasant life. Shortly after his death, the French government embraced Millet as a national hero, who had captured rural France in all its glory.
Collaboration with Saint Louis Art Museum
The exhibition is the result of collaboration between the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Van Gogh Museum. Jean-François Millet: Sowing the Seeds of Modern Art was on display at the Van Gogh Museum from 4 October 2019 until 12 January 2020. The exhibition will subsequently travel to Saint Louis, where it will be on display from 16 February to 17 May 2020 with the alternative title of Millet and Modern Art.
Jean-François Millet and the Hague School
This exhibition runned almost concurrently with the exhibition Jean-François Millet and the Hague School at The Mesdag Collection in The Hague (13 September 2019 to 5 January 2020), which explores Millet’s influence on the Hague School artists.
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