Seurat-Van Gogh-Mondrian. Post-impressionism in Europe

Gran Guardia Palace hosts 70 masterpieces coming from dutch museum Kroller Muller

From 28 October 2015 to 28 March 2016

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'Seurat-Van Gogh-Mondrian. Post-impressionism in Europe' is a new unmissable exhibition at the Gran Guardia Palace in Verona, from 28 October 2015 to 28 March 2016! Vincent Van Gogh will be on display (in Verona already in 2013/2014 on the occasion of 'Towards Monet. History of the landscape from the 17th to the 20th century') together with Seurat, Mondrian and many other artists who shaped and influenced the period of European Impressionism.

With its 70 masterpieces, among which we mention the most famous 'Self-portrait' by Van Gogh (1887), 'Sunday in Port-en-Bessin' by Georges Seurat (1888), 'The Dining Room' by Paul Signac (1886- 87) and 'Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue' by Piet Mondrian (1927), the exhibition of Van Gogh in Italy Verona art event at Gran Guardia Palace in Verona presents the big breakthrough occurred in the history of art in the late 19th and early 20th century.

The major innovations introduced by the Impressionists, first of all the habit of painting en plein air and the leading role of the landscape in the representations, soon leave room for a new 'revolution', a season full of innovation and a rich experimentation that takes inspirations from the innovations in the field of optics and physics, that came from photography and studies on how the human eye perceives the various colour tones.

The exhibition at the Gran Guardia Palace in the city of Verona shows the multiple figurative experiences developed in Europe in the wake of the Impressionism in Europe - at the turn of the century - and grouped under the epithet of Post-Impressionism in Italy. With the birth of photography, painting feels the need to break away from the perfect naturalism to find new developments. The Post-Impressionism cannot therefore be considered as a real movement, but rather a group of artists united by the desire to communicate something rather than just the mere reproduction. Maintaining their own personality and expressive technique, these artists are detached from the past laying the foundations for the emergence of subsequent Vanguards.

Starting in France in 1886, the Post-impressionism is characterized initially by the technique of 'pointillism' (called divisionism in Belgium and the Netherlands) where colour is not spread evenly on the canvas, but separated by dashes or dots of different colours which are then fused by the eye of the beholder.


  • The exhibition at the Gran Guardia Palace in Verona opens with Georges Seurat, considered a key figure of Impressionism despite the short artistic life. The painter Seurat had a refined and unmistakable style and could be considered in all respects the father of pointillism: his technique is based on a careful study of the relationship between light and colour and, apparently, might seem somewhat impersonal and rigorous. In fact, the great sensitivity of Seurat and the choice of subjects represented gave rise to works of rare poetry and quiet beauty. An example of all, presented at 'Post Impressionism in Europe' exhibition in Verona is the stunning 'Sunday in Port-en-Bessin' in which the viewer's attention is immediately drawn to the sparkling light, reflections and depth of the horizons. In addition to this, Seurat-Van Gogh-Mondrian. Post-impressionism in Europe' exhibition in Verona presents two rare Seurat's drawings: 'Girl. Study for A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte' and 'Woman with muff' showing the delicacy and great skill with which the artist expresses the human figure. Next to Seurat, the exhibition Post-Impressionism in Italy in Verona, presents Paul Signac, an artist who is able to apply the technique of pointillism with the landscapes and bright sun of the French Riviera. 'The Dining Room', his masterpiece which you can see at the exhibition of the Gran Guardia Palace in Verona, is a clear example of how Signac uses pointillism to investigate the nature and reveal its hidden feelings
  • The second room set up in the Gran Guardia Palace in Verona - Post-Impressionism in Italy exhibition explores the development of pointillism internationally and the search for new subjects. Pointillism was born as a simple method to study the reality applied to landscapes - as an example of this we can mention 'Study for The Ranelagh Park with figures ' by Henri Edmond Cross - but soon, especially in the neighbouring countries of France, there emerged the willingness to explore new scenarios: the first member of this new evolution is the Belgian Theo van Rysselberghe, multifaceted and fascinating painter of the late 19th century. On show at the Gran Guardia Palace in Verona there are six beautiful works of this painter, amongst them 'In July, before noon' (1890), a work of great importance in European painting of the late 19th century.
  • Space also to Symbolism, which marks a return to religious and mystical themes. The most authoritative interpreter of the renewed attention to these issues is Maurice Denis; at the exhibition in Verona art event there will also be Johan Thorn Prikker who, from pointillism, started a mystical quest by addressing the traditional religious subjects with a style linked to international symbolism.
  • In the same year, France was experiencing the adventure of Vincent Van Gogh. Bewitched by the lights of Paris and by the sun of Provence, Van Gogh juxtaposed a patient and passionate analysis to a vibrant style made of strong and colour-laden brushstrokes to evoke an intense drama that had no equal in the period. The exhibition on the post-impressionists in Europe at the Gran Guardia Palace in Verona boasts eight paintings and two drawings by Van Gogh dating back to the French period of the artist (1887-1890): in a completely spontaneous way, Van Gogh gives new energy to traditional painting... Many artists will let themselves be carried away by his impetuous and passionate brushwork, as demonstrated by a group of works by artists from Belgium, the Netherlands and France present in Verona.
  • Among the various aspects related to the use of 'split colour ' attention should also be given to a group of works that deal with issues such as labour and social developments in a time of great and rapid changes: the splendid view of Paris 'Around Montmartre, Rue Championnet '(Maximilien Luce, 1887) attention is given to the smoke from the chimneys, a symbol of industrialization, as is the case with the paintings of Lemmen ( 'Factories on the Thames', 1892) and Sluijters ('Metamorphosis', 1908). Two other interesting figures present at the Gran Guardia Palace in Verona exhibition are Henry van de Velde, the Belgian architect and designer considered one of the leading European Art Nouveau artists, and Toorop, the latter already moving toward abstractism, the theme of the last section of the Verona art event at Gran Guardia Palace in Verona.
  • Piet Mondrian is the undisputed star of the last part of the Van Gogh Verona exhibition: active in the early decades of the 1900s he marks the transition to abstract art. 'Composition no. II', 'Colour Composition B', 'Composition with grid 5: lozenge, composition with Colour' and 'Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue 'close one of the most interesting exhibitions in Verona, at the Gran Guardia Palace in Verona 2015/2016.


Many of the artists who approached the Post-Impressionism, in Europe especially Belgian, Dutch and French, attracted the interest of Helene Kröller-Müller, wife of a wealthy Dutch industrialist and refined collector. The founding of an incredible museum lost in the Dutch countryside is due to her: the Kröller-Müller Museum is located about 100 km from Amsterdam and has the second largest collection in the world of works by Van Gogh (after Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam), as well as important works of Mondrian, Seurat, Redon and Picasso. Visiting the Seurat Van Gogh to Mondrian Verona exhibition you will have the great opportunity to see part of the vast collection of the Kröller Müller Museum in Otterlo, loaned for the realization of this exceptional exhibition.

Organized by the Verona municipality in collaboration with the Arena Foundation, the exhibition at the Gran Guardia Palace in Verona is curated by Liz Kreijn and Stephen Zuffi; produced by Arthemisia Group with the valuable contribution of the Kröller Müller Museum in Otterlo.

An unmissable exhibition at the Gran Guardia Palace in Verona: Van Gogh, Seurat-Van Gogh-Mondrian. Post-Impressionism in Europe'!

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By Insidecom Editorial Staff