For its eleventh year at TEFAF Maastricht, Hammer Galleries will present Van Gogh in Paris. The centerpiece of this exhibition will be an important 1886 Paris park scene by celebrated Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh entitled The Bois de Boulogne with People Walking. Van Gogh’s trip to Paris and his subsequent meeting of the Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist artists was the pivotal turning point in his career. The Bois de Boulogne with People Walking exemplifies van Gogh’s shift from the dark and brooding style of his Dutch period to his French Impressionistic awakening. The exhibition will include major works by many of the artists he saw during his twoyear stay in Paris, such as Monet, Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Caillebotte, Sisley, Cassatt, Angrand, and ToulouseLautrec.
In June of 1886, Vincent and his brother, Theo, moved in together, renting a spacious apartment with a studio in Montmartre. In Paris, Vincent was able to see the avant-garde painting about which he had heard so much, and he even had the opportunity to meet many members of the central Impressionist circle of Paris. In May of 1886, Vincent saw the eighth and final Impressionist exhibit, where he was struck by Seurat's neo-Impressionism, as well as the works of Monet, Degas, Cassatt, Camille and Lucien Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, and Signac. The influence of the Impressionists’ and Neo-Impressionists’ color theories and use of light, along with his rising interest in Japanese prints, brought Vincent closer to his mature style.