Van Gogh in George Petit
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George Petit

Georges Petit (1856–1920) was one of the most important art dealers in Paris during the years when Vincent lived there. Almost immediately after inheriting his father’s gallery in 1877, the young Petit began offering Impressionist art; he also sold paintings that were more conventional in style. He thus became one of Durand-Ruel and of Boussod, Valadon & Cie’s competitors. Petit organised sales exhibitions as well as auction sales.

Vincent went to see Petit’s Exposition Internationale de Peinture et Sculpture in 1886 and 1887. The group shows gave him an opportunity to view recent work by numerous contemporary artists, such as Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir. At the 1887 exhibition, which he attended with his brother Theo, he saw the pieces Prehistoric Man and Modern Man by Albert Besnard (1849–1934). Vincent greatly admired the paintings and mentioned them in a letter to Theo two years later.

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Albert Besnard, Prehistoric man, ca. 1887

Albert Besnard, Prehistoric man, ca. 1887

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Albert Besnard, Modern man, ca. 1884-86

Albert Besnard, Modern man, ca. 1884-86

Musée départemental de l'Oise, Beauvais

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