Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky
Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky demonstrates the exchange between French and German artists during the decade prior to the First World War. Drawing on new scholarship, the exhibition explores the connections that developed among artists including Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Paul Signac, Henri Matisse, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, Franz Marc, and Wassily Kandinsky. Selections include Post‑Impressionist, Fauvist, and Cubist paintings that the Expressionists were able to see in landmark exhibitions and collections in Germany, and at places such as the Café du Dôme and Matisse’s academy; these serve to illustrate the function of influence in the visual arts. In addition, a careful selection of paintings and works on paper by artists of the Brücke and Blaue Reiter groups explores their connection to French artists of the same era. This exhibition features numerous loans from major museums in the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and various private collections.
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This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Kunsthaus Zürich in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Funding for the exhibition is provided by Violet Spitzer-Lucas and the Spitzer Family Foundation and Christie's. Additional support is provided by the Wallis Annenberg Director's Endowment Fund. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Images: Top: Vincent van Gogh, Pollard Willows at Sunset, 1888, Oil on canvas mounted on cardboard, Kröller‑Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands, Photo Credit: Art Resource, NY. Bottom: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Reclining Nude in Front of Mirror, 1909–1910, Oil on canvas, Brücke‑Museum, Berlin © Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Courtesy Ingeborg & Dr. Wolfgang Henze-Ketterer, Wichtrach/Bern Photo © Brücke-Museum, Berlin.