Eighth Impressionist Exhibition

Eighth Impressionist Exhibition  On the 15th May 1886 the eighth Impressionist Exhibition opened in rooms situated on the second floor of the Maison Dorée, a restaurant, on the corner of Boulevard des Italiens and rue Lafitte, not far from the […]


Symbolism  The Symbolists used mysticism, allusion, suggestion and ‘dream’ to convey moods of heightened awareness in the viewer – eg nostalgia, melancholy. They strove to represent something other than physical reality, erring towards the fantastic, the enigmatic, and delving into […]

Jean Metzinger: Coucher de soleil no. 1

Jean Metzinger: Coucher de Soleil No. 1 (Landscape) – 1906 Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo This kaleidoscopic mosaic of brilliant colour depicts a sun-drenched idyll in which two women disport in a verdant Arcadian landscape. Two tall trees to left and right […]

Seurat: Poseuses (the Models)

Georges Seurat: Poseuses (The Models) – 1886-1888 Philadelphia, The Barnes Foundation The left half of this painting is taken up with a substantial portion of A Sunday on the island of the Grand Jatte, so we are looking at a […]

van Ryseberghe: In July before Noon (Family in the Garden)

Théo van Rysselberghe: In July before Noon (Family in the Garden) – 1890 Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands Five women are enjoying a summer morning in the spacious garden of a country house. A dreamlike atmosphere pervades the painting – one […]

Seurat: The Circus

Georges Seurat: The Circus – 1891 Paris, Musée d’Orsay This picture was exhibited in an unfinished state at the seventh Salon des Indépendants which opened on 20 March 1891. Nine days later he was dead. The dominant red–blue–yellow spectrum of […]

Signac: In the Time of Harmony

Paul Signac: In the Time of Harmony (The Golden Age is not in the Past, it is in the Future) – 1895 Mairie de Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis The presence of the Fig Tree and the Umbrella Pine tell us that we […]

Emile Verhaeren

Emile Verhaeren Emile Verhaeren was a Belgian Symbolist poet, playwright and critic who trained as a lawyer but soon abandoned that path to dedicate his life to literature, criticism and poetry. From 1880 he wrote for l’Art Moderne a journal publishing […]

Les XX and Neo-Impressionism in Belgium

Les XX and Neo-Impressionism in Belgium The exhibition society know as Les XX (Les Vingt) was established in Brussels in October 1883 by 11 founding members who then invited a further nine to take part in their first exhibition in […]