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In 1873, when Vincent first visited the Musée du Luxembourg, it was housed in the eastern wing of the Palais du Luxembourg. A new building, the current Musée du Luxembourg, was constructed in 1884. The collection housed there at the time now resides in the Musée d’Orsay. Today’s Musée du Luxembourg is an exhibition centre without a collection of its own.

Van Gogh in

Musée du Luxembourg

The Musée du Luxembourg was the foremost museum for contemporary art in Paris. On his first visit to the city in May 1873, Vincent went there immediately, and he was impressed by the range of great artworks on show. After moving to Paris in 1875, he visited the Musée du Luxembourg every week, sometimes with his housemate and friend Harry Gladwell. Vincent took Gladwell to see all of his favourite paintings; these included Jules Breton’s Evening, The Blessing of the Wheat in Artois and Calling in the Gleaners, Jean-François Millet’s The Church at Gréville and Louis Cabat’s The Pond at Ville d’Avray.

In 1885, when Vincent was living in Nuenen in the Dutch province of Brabant, far from art and museums, he wrote to his brother:

“I add here, too, that I can sometimes very much long to see the Louvre and the Luxembourg once again, and that sooner or later I really should study the technique and colour of Millet, Delacroix, Corot and others.” Read the complete letter

His wish soon came true. In February 1886, he moved back to Paris, satisfying his longing for visiting the museums.

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Jules Breton, Evening,1860

Jules Breton, Evening,1860

Oil on canvas, 90 x 116 cm

Musée d'Orsay, Parijs

Jules Breton, Calling in the gleaners, 1859

Jules Breton, Calling in the gleaners, 1859

Oil on canvas, 90 x 176 cm

Musée d'Orsay, Parijs

Louis Cabat, The pond at Ville d'Avray, 1833

Louis Cabat, The pond at Ville d'Avray, 1833

Oil on canvas, 73 x 113 cm

Musée du Louvre, Parijs

Jean-François Millet, The church at Gréville, 1871-1874

Jean-François Millet, The church at Gréville, 1871-1874

Oil on canvas, 60 x 73,4 cm

Musée d'Orsay, Parijs

Jules Breton, The blessing of the wheat in Artois, 1857

Jules Breton, The blessing of the wheat in Artois, 1857

Oil on canvas, 128 x 318 cm

Musée d'Orsay, Parijs

Louis Cabat, Autumnal evening, 1852

Louis Cabat, Autumnal evening, 1852

Musée du Louvre, Parijs

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