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The Agrarian Ideal: Monet, Van Gogh

This exhibition brings two great Impressionist masterpieces to Norfolk: Claude Monet’s Haystacks, Late Summer, from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and Vincent van Gogh’s Wheat Field behind St. Paul’s Hospital, St. Remy from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

“The Chrysler frequently lends important artworks to leading museums around the world,” said Museum Director Erik Neil. “Because of the relationships we have built, we are able to borrow world-famous paintings” to go on view alongside strong Chrysler works on the same theme.

Imagine Winslow Homer, Jean-Francois Millet, Alfred Boucher, Paul Gauguin, and more. The works reflect an era where country people were moving to the city, and artists from the city were taking to the countryside. They documented, and sometimes idealized, a vision of the simple life on the land. This traditional way of life was under great pressure from industrialization, and it adds a bittersweet poignancy to these exquisitely executed works.