Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities

Curator's Perspective

September 25, 2014, 6:30 pm

Exhibition curator Cornelia Homburg explores the creative exchange between Neo-Impressionist painters and Symbolist writers and composers in the late 1880s and early 1890s. Symbolism, with its emphasis on subjectivity, inner dream worlds, and spirituality, has often been portrayed at odds with Neo-Impressionism’s approach to portraying color and light. This exhibition repositions the relationship between these movements and looks at how Neo-Impressionists such as Maximilien Luce, Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, and Henry van de Velde created evocative landscapes and figural scenes by depicting themes such as emptiness, contemplative moods, and Arcadia.