Van Gogh spent two years of his short but productive ten-year career as an artist living in Paris with his brother Theo, an art dealer and gallerist. Arriving there in 1886, Van Gogh was still painting from a dark, sombre palette, but, thanks to his exposure to the brighter colours of the Neo-Impressionists, his own palette began to change. This small but worthy exhibition charts his progression during this pivotal period, and contextualises it by displaying works by his friends and contemporaries, including Angrand, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec and Gauguin.
Eykyn Maclean, London, until 29 November 2013.
Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection
In 1958, the first public exhibition of the Pearlman Collection went on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art. It was titled Anonymous Collection. Notwithstanding its stated anonymity, one reviewer recognised that, “like the Cone Collection, these works constitute a highly personal view of modern French art and, like the Cones, the anonymous lender has proven himself a connoisseur of formidable discrimination”.
Project Space: Inverted House – Tina Gverović and Siniša Ilić
Given that we are psychologically programmed to see patterns in randomness, it is little surprise that a wide array of artists have adapted this “apophenia” to aid their art. Most often this finds expression in forms of pareidolia, where human or animals are discerned in arbitrary shapes.
Coughs and sneezes after Amsterdam
When Amsterdam coughs the art world sneezes. There may be less current razzmatazz than in New York or London, but rare scholarship is cleverly infused with marketability here, time and place specific for Arles 1888, when the two artists met sharing a house for two months or so
Sickert Today – Degas, Sickert and Toulouse-Lautrec: London and Paris 1870-1910
In 2005, two events coincided to provide us with the best opportunity to assess Walter Sickert's stature since his death, at the age of 82, in 1942. The first was the publication of a superb biography by Matthew Sturgis,1 and the second, the remarkable exhibition 'Degas, Sickert and Toulouse-Lautrec: London and Paris 1870-1910', currently at Tate Britain until 15 January 2006.