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Beauty in abundance

Highlights from the Van Gogh Museum’s print collection

The presentation Beauty in Abundance displayed a selection of top pieces from the museum’s print collection, including significant works by Bonnard, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec and their contemporaries. This presentation of around 100 masterpieces on paper marked the publication of the first major book on the museum’s print collection, Printmaking in Paris. The Rage for Prints at the Fin de Siècle.

Since its establishment in 1973 the Van Gogh Museum has followed in the footsteps of Vincent and Theo Van Gogh by collecting prints. The museum currently manages an important collection of some 1300 works from the heyday of print art. During the years 1890-1905 Paris was gripped by this graphic art form. The artists responsible for this rage were friends and contemporaries of Vincent van Gogh. However, the print revolution would not attain its peak until after his death in 1890. Nearly all French artists experimented in this period with lithography, etching or woodcuts as media for artistic expression, producing splendid, colourful artworks.