Thursday, March 1, 2007

"Seurat and the Neo-Impressionists," Robert H. and Ina M. Mohlman Gallery at the Indianpolis Museum of Art (Ongoing)

The Indianapolis Museum of Art boasts one of the finest, if not the finest, collection of neo-impressionist painting in the United States. Currently, it is displaying 16 paintings, a watercolor, and a print as part of its regular collection. Besides work by Pissaro, Seurat and Signac, there is fine work by Paul Baum, Hendricus Petrus Bremmer, Henri Edmond Cross, Alfred Finch, Georges Lemmen, Maximilien Luce, George Morren, Albert Dubois-PilletLucien Pissaro, Jan Toorop, and Henry van de Velde. Click here for images.

Jan Toorop, Dutch (1858-1928), Broek in Waterland (1889), oil on canvas

The museum is newly renovated and features extensive collections of European paintings (14th century onward, including a Caravaggio, plus a collection of Turner and Turner related watercolors), American paintings (check out the unique underwater Thomas Moran landscape) as well as extensive Asian and African collections. It has a good op and post-op collection as well (currently on view is an uncharacteristic early Bridget Riley, a Roy Lichtenstein dot print of a Monet cathedral, one of the few, in my opinion, successful representational op works, and light based installations by Robert Irwin, James Turrell, and Michael Rovner with optical implications.)

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