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Exhibition Curator Cornelia Homburg introduces Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities: Painting, Poetry, Music, on view at The Phillips Collection September 27, 2015 through January 11, 2015.
Around 1890, Neo-Impressionist painters including Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, and Theo van Rysselberghe created pictures that accentuate subjectivity and an inner world of experience, approaches they shared with their contemporaries, Symbolist writers and composers in Paris and Brussels. This focus was different from the movement's beginnings in 1886, when it was hailed as an alternative to Impressionism, offering a fresh opportunity to focus on light and contemporary life. With more than 70 paintings and works on paper, this exhibition demonstrates how the Neo-Impressionists employed stylization and a deliberate orchestration of color to create landscapes and figures that went far beyond observed nature.