Inside the exhibition – Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dalí

Inside the exhibition – Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dalí


Who was Millet? Millet was one of the great artists of the 19th century. His work had a real capacity to shock people. The basic premise of the exhibition is to argue for a new narrative for the
history of modern art. It’s one that starts with the work of Millet and it moves through other canonical artists. it’s surprising just how wide-spread his
influence was. Van Gogh was obsessed by Millet. Claude Monet was greatly influenced by Millet’s work Salvador Dali produced a whole body
of work which was actually inspired by one particular painting by Millet, The
Angelus. Once you start to look into his work you realize how radical it was but
also in terms of his subject matter. He was representing rural life, but it was
modern rural life, and the complexities of that life in all its harshness and richness too. It also speaks fundamentally to the importance of human dignity. If you look at these paintings, they’re about Millet justifying the importance of these workers. In the day and age in which we live today that is an important message. These are paintings, drawings, pastels
that are coming from all over the world. They’re coming from Japan, from around America, from around Europe. All coming together in St. Louis. It’s been exciting to see the show come together. It’s really an exceptional, I would say
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, for people to see these works.

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