After Impressionism: Inventing Modern Art
25.03 – 13.08.23 National Gallery London
After Impressionism explores a period of great upheaval when artists broke with established tradition and laid the foundations for the art of the 20th and the 21st centuries. The decades between 1880 and the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 were a complex, vibrant period of artistic questioning, searching, risk-taking and innovation. This exhibition celebrates the achievements of three giants of the era: Cézanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin and follows the influences they had on younger generations of European artists.
On view from the MSK collection is Kneeling Youth from the Fountain (1898) by George Minne. From about 1889 onwards Minne became interested in the figure of the kneeling youth withdrawn into himself. This figure from 1898 represents the end of his search for austere, simple forms. In that same year he grouped five identical kneeling youths around a basin, the famous Fountain of the Kneeling Youths whose original model in plaster is owned by the museum.