Introduction

In the 1880s a new generation of artists, including Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne and Georges Seurat, burst onto the cultural scene in France. They announced a break with Impressionism, competing with the older painters and with each other, to develop the range of styles now known as Post-Impressionism. Masterpieces from Paris displays key paintings by famous and influential artists along with the work of their peers, revealing the artistic diversity of the times.

This exhibition explores movements such as Pointillism, Neo-Impressionism, Synthetism and Symbolism, as well as the groups of artists known as the School of Pont-Aven and the Nabis. Emile Bernard, Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis, Claude Monet, Gustave Moreau, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Signac and Edouard Vuillard, among others, are well represented. Masterpieces from Paris shows how the radical experiments of Post-Impressionism are the basis for modern art in the twentieth century.