From the museum press release
“This is the first time that the complete cycle of about 80 drawings from van Gogh’s stay in Paris – some in colour, some in large formats – is to be placed on public display.”
From the museum website
Starting in 1886, the period Vincent van Gogh spent in Paris proved to be of crucial importance to the 33-year-old artist. It was here that the autodidact who had previously tried his hand at several other professions became personally acquainted with the major figures of his time – Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Georges Seurat and Paul Signac, Paul Cézanne and Camille Pissarro.
In Paris, the world capital of art, van Gogh swiftly learned from his new colleagues. Within only two years of being there he had already acquired the artistic means to express his most inner feelings.
It is precisely this process that is made so vividly evident by the Hamburger Kunsthalle’s exhibition of his entire output of drawings from the Paris period. Offering views of the city, of Montmartre and the country around Paris, but also studies of models, the drawings explore the world with the eyes and means of incipient modernism.
Vincent van Gogh: die Pariser Zeichnungen
Uwe Schneede and Michaela Hinsch
Catalogue of an exhibition held in 2002 in Hamburg (Hamburger Kunsthalle), a reduced version of the exhibition held in 2001-02 in Amsterdam (Van Gogh Museum)
Hamburg (Hamburger Kunsthalle) 2002