Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gaugin – Exhibition at the Arken Museum






ARKEN Museum of Modern Art -Denmark



Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gaugin
Impressionists and Post-Impressionists from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Until 7 June 2009



They caused an outrage when they appeared. Today they rank among the most reproduced, popular and priceless artists in the world. Monet, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro, Rodin, van Gogh, Cézanne, Braque… they can all be seen at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Denmark until 7 June 2009.


Paul Gauguin

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Paul Gauguin
Landscape with Dog,1903
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Bequest of Robert and Marguerite Kahn-Sriber, Paris, in memory of Amnon Ben Natan, who fell in the Yom Kippur War
Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Avshalom Avital


ARKEN presents the fine collection of French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. 53 paintings and sculptures came to Denmark for four months in the exhibition MONET, RENOIR, VAN GOGH, GAUGUIN – Impressionists and Post-Impressionists from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

It is a unique opportunity to experience a number of masterpieces by the many brilliant and innovative artists based in France who would revolutionise world art from the 1870s and into the twentieth century. A time when change was the only constant. .

The artists caused an outrage when they appeared. Today they rank among the most reproduced, popular and priceless artists.


  • Encountering the modern world

In their art the Impressionists communicated their sensory perception of the new modern world that was developing before their eyes. They created a new style of painting, immediate and sketch-like in order to capture the fleeting moment before it was over. They painted the reality around them. The heroes and gods of past generations’ art must surrender their place to contemporary people of flesh and blood; elegant Parisiennes, rural girls, posh gentlemen and harvesters. Eager students of sunlight, the Impressionists painted outdoors. They daubed their canvasses spontaneously and with brushes heavy with paint. They painted with colours rather than lines. Their works pulse with presence and a particular sensual pleasure.

The Post-Impressionists denotes the group of contemporary or younger artists who painted in a different style from the Impressionists. Some of them, instead, retired from modern life. They depicted the inner world instead of the outer one – and an artist like Gauguin travelled to Tahiti to find and pursue the original, primitive life.

MONET, RENOIR, VAN GOGH, GAUGUIN presents the incredible span in the artists’ reactions to the new age. We are shown a volatile, versatile period when the artist milieu was seething with innovations, discussions, inspiration, friendships and discord.


Vincent van Gogh

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Vincent van Gogh
Corn Fields and Poppies (Green Ears of Wheat), 1888
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Gift of Yad Hanadiv, Jerusalem, from the collection of Miriam Alexandrine de Rothschild, daughter of the first Baron Edmond de Rothschild
Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Camille Pissarro

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Camille Pissarro
Boulevard Montmartre, Spring, 1897
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Formerly a bequest of John and Frances L. Loeb, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum. Now extended loan from the daughter-in-law of Max Silberberg, Breslau
Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Paul Serusier

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Paul Serusier
The Children’s Supper, 1909
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Bequest of Dr. Jack Chaskalson, Johannesburg
Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Avshalom Avital


  • Painting and chain-smoking Monet in action

This insight is given us not merely through the paintings but also via some rare film clips that are shown in the exhibition. They are taken from Sacha Guitry’s 1915 film Ceux de chez nous (Those of Our Land). His project was to immortalise the most important personages in his own time – before it was too late! – in the relatively young medium of film.

Here we see Monet painting and chain-smoking at his lily pond. An arthritic Renoir in a wheelchair painting while his son, Jean Renoir, is helping him mix the paints. Finally we are given a glimpse of a reluctant Degas promenading down a boulevard. Degas did not wish to receive Sacha Guitry.

The film is unique both because of its content and as film history. As far as we know, it has never before been shown in Denmark.

The exhibition is organised by The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, in collaboration with ARKEN Museum of Modern Art.

Artists in exhibition

Pissarro, Degas, Renoir, Monet, Guillaumin, Sisley, Hassam, Rodin and Bourdelle, as well as Signac, Rysselberghe, Cross, Cézanne, Mailllol, Gauguin, Bernard, Valtat, Sérusier, Bonnard, Vuillard, Friesz, Braque and van Gogh.



Text Courtesy ARKEN Museum of Modern Art
Images Copyright © The Israel Museum,



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2 Responses to “Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gaugin – Exhibition at the Arken Museum”

  1. Corn field van Gogh :+/-, Gauguin’s landscape :+/-. “…Unique opportunity to experience a number of masterpieces…” ??

    • Corn field van Gogh :+/-, Gauguin’s landscape :+/-. “…Unique opportunity to experience a number of masterpieces…” ??
      Corn field van Gogh : for the chromatic research, the rough harmonies, the opposite set tones. I would say a masterpiece, not a final masterpieces of the last period but a masterpiece anyway.
      Gauguin’s landscape with dog : it features the brilliant tonal combinations of Gauguin’s masterpieces. It is definitively a masterpiece.

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