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The idea of the artist as rebellious, isolated and suffering - a visionary outsider battling against a philistine and hostile society - is an extraordinarily potent one and is the subject of this fascinating exhibition. It will trace this archetype of the artist from its origins in Romanticism to its climax in the life and work of Van Gogh and Gauguin and their Symbolist and Expressionist heirs such as Munch, Hodler and Schiele.

Featuring key works by many of the most important artists of the 19th century, including Friedrich, Delacroix, Courbet, Manet and Degas, the exhibition will explore the personas adopted or promoted by artists during the century from the bohemian and dandy to those of priest, monk and martyr.


Rebels and Martyrs: The Artist in the Nineteenth Century

Werke von Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, Eugène Delacroix, Caspar David Friedrich, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Ferdinand Hodler, Édouard Manet, Edvard Munch, Egon Schiele, u.a.