click to enlarge Jean-François Millet, French, 1814–1875; The Angelus, 1857-1859; oil on canvas; 21 7/8 x 26 inches; Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France 2020.28; Photo: Patrice Schmidt, © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY

Jean-François Millet, French, 1814–1875; The Angelus, 1857-1859; oil on canvas; 21 7/8 x 26 inches; Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France 2020.28; Photo: Patrice Schmidt, © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY

Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dali 

When: Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through May 17
Price: $6-$15, free on Friday
Jean-François Millet's fingerprints are all over the works of Van Gogh, Monet, Camille Pissarro and Munch, but his influence on modern painting is not well known. By the time of his death in 1875 he was one of the best-known modern painters, revered both for his skill and his pioneering subject matter. Millet was at the forefront of using rural laborers, landscapes and nudes as his subjects, and indeed many of his individual paintings were later recreated or at least reimagined by his successors. Van Gogh's famous Starry Night over the Rhone River bears more than a passing resemblance to Millet's earlier Starry Night, which depicts a night sky over the countryside. (Van Gogh's devotion to Millet was complete, calling the elder painter "Father Millet.") Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dali, the new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), features an astonishing number of Millet's paintings paired with those of the artists he influenced. The exhibition resets Jean-François Millet at the forefront of modern art as an innovator and radical who pushed painting into a new era. Millet and Modern Art is on display from Sunday, February 16, to Sunday, May 17. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is $6 to $15 (but free on Friday).
— Paul Friswold

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