Exhibtion in Japan has been opened
The Kröller-Müller Museum has an important collection of divisionist works. A part of this collection is on display this autumn/winter in three locations in Japan, under the title ‘Divisionism from Van Gogh and Seurat to Mondrian’. The exhibition officially opened 3 October, at the National Art Centre in Tokyo, and will subsequently be shown in Hiroshima from January 2014 and in Nagoya from February 2014.Divisionism is better known as pointillism. Instead of mixing the colours on their palette, the pointillists use pure colours, which they apply to the canvas in small dots placed side by side. The dots mix together optically to form a new colour.
Georges Seurat is one of the best-known representatives of this technique. His friend Paul Signac later used the term ‘divider’ to describe the technique. This term can be interpreted far more broadly: technically speaking, its use can also result in lines and surfaces.
With 74 works (paintings and works on paper) from our own collection, supplemented per location with several works from Japanese collections, the influence of the above-mentioned masters on contemporaries and later artists in France, Belgium and the Netherlands is revealed. The exhibition covers the period of approximately 1885 to 1915. It includes works by famous artists such as Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Vincent van Gogh and Henri Edmond Cross, but also by Theo van Rysselberghe, Jan Toorop, Leo Gestel, Johan Thorn Prikker and H.P. Bremmer. A catalogue has been published in Japanese.
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