Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities

Painting, Poetry, Music

September 27, 2014 - January 11, 2015

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Around 1890, Neo-Impressionist painters including Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, and Theo van Rysselberghe created pictures that accentuate subjectivity and an inner world of experience, approaches they shared with their contemporaries, Symbolist painters, writers, and composers in Paris and Brussels. This focus was different from the movement's beginnings in 1886, when it was hailed as an alternative to Impressionism, offering a fresh opportunity to focus on light and contemporary life. With more than 70 paintings and works on paper this exhibition demonstrates how the Neo-Impressionists employed stylization and a deliberate orchestration of color to create landscapes and figures that went far beyond observed nature.

The exhibition is organized by The Phillips Collection.

Exhibition Sponsorship

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Support provided by 
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and the Robert Lehman Foundation

Brought to you by the Exhibition Committee for Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities: John and Gina Despres, Charlotte Cameron and the Dan Cameron Family Foundation, and Melissa J. Thompson

With support from the Musée d’Orsay