From Van Gogh to Kandinsky: An Exhibition in LA

Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) delivers a colorful array of beautiful works by famous painters like Van Gogh, Cézanne and Kandinsky.

There are some very beautiful paintings by Van Gogh in the exhibition. Left: Van Gogh, Poplars in Saint-Rémy, 1889. Right: Van Gogh, Pollard Villows at Sunset, 1888.

There are some very beautiful paintings by Van Gogh in the exhibition. Left: Van Gogh, Poplars in Saint-Rémy, 1889. Right: Van Gogh, Pollard Villows at Sunset, 1888.

Covering the time period starting from early 1900s to just before World War I, LACMA’s exhibition points out the ways in which the artistic/stylistic movement of expressionism developed through robust cultural (and artistic) exchange between France and Germany, two countries which in due course became arch-enemies.

Main idea of the show is to point out how post-impressionists such as Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gaugin affected the artistic production of future expressionist artists in Germany such as Kandinsky and Kirchner.

A wedding scene by the brilliant painter Henri Rousseau on the right and a St-Tropez sunset by Paul Signac on the right.

A wedding scene by the brilliant painter Henri Rousseau on the left and a St-Tropez sunset by Paul Signac on the right.

LACMA delivers a successful experience for its visitors in the cool and large Resnick Pavilion, a purpose built gallery space designed by the famed architect Renze Piano. Unlike the ordinary sterile museum ambience of white walls, the paintings of this show are hung on a black wall with some areas colored in navy blue. This background provides a nice contrast against the colorful hues of post-impressionist and expressionist painters.

An exhibition poster design by Kandinsky.

An exhibition poster design by Kandinsky.

Although the ending of the exhibition is a bit abrupt and a very dark painting by Nolde is lit up in the clumsiest way, the exhibition definitely deserves a visit before it ends on September, 14.

It is a must-see for art enthusiasts in LA most notably due to the impressive number of works exhibited by famous painters including Van Gogh, Rousseau, Cézanne, Gaugin, Signac, Matisse and Kandinsky.

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