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Georges Petit

Georges Petit (1856-1920) was one of the most important art dealers in Paris when Vincent lived there. The young Petit had started buying artworks by the Impressionists almost immediately after inheriting his father’s business in 1877, but he also dealt in more classical painting. He thus competed with Durand-Ruel and Boussod, Valadon & Cie. Petit organised not only sales exhibitions but also auctions.

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

Private collection

Albert Besnard, Modern man, ca. 1884-86

Albert Besnard, Modern man, ca. 1884-86

Musée départemental de l'Oise, Beauvais

    Relevant letters from Vincent

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    1. Nienke Bakker

      Van Gogh en Montmartre
      Amsterdam, 2011
    2. Françoise Cachin en Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov

      Van Gogh à Paris
      Parijs, 1988
    3. Ella Hendriks en Louis van Tilborgh

      Vincent van Gogh schilderijen, deel 2: Antwerpen en Parijs
      Amsterdam, 2011