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Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dalí is a groundbreaking exhibition that examines, for the first time, the international legacy of French painter Jean-François Millet (1814–1875). Millet was a pioneer in developing innovative imagery of rural peasantry, landscapes, and nudes, and his work had a deep impact on later generations of artists. In the late 19th century, he was arguably the best-known modern painter, and his works sold for the highest prices of any modern pictures at auction. Today Millet is less well known and this exhibition seeks to revive his importance and recognize his radicalism.

Millet and Modern Art creates an alternative and fresh narrative for the history of modern art that begins with his work. Millet’s imagery is situated within the context of work by a wide range of artists whom he influenced, including Vincent van Gogh, Camille Pissarro, Georges Seurat, Claude Monet, Giovanni Segantini, Winslow Homer, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Edvard Munch, and Salvador Dalí.

The exhibition is cocurated by Simon Kelly, curator and head of department of modern and contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and Maite van Dijk, senior curator at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

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Jean-François Millet, French, 1814–1875; Summer, The Gleaners, 1853; oil on canvas; 15 1/16 × 11 9/16 inches; Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art 2020.80

Hours and Pricing

Exhibition Hours

Tuesday–Sunday: 10 am–5 pm
Friday: 10 am–9 pm
Closed Monday
Final admission to the exhibition is one hour before the Museum closes.

Tickets

Members always free.
Adults: $15
Seniors and Students: $12
Children (6–12): $6
Children (5 and under): Free; ticket required
Free on Fridays: Subject to availability
Guided group tours (10 or more) available

  • Tickets can be purchased or reserved in person at one of the Museum Information Centers, by calling MetroTix at 314-534-1111, or order online at MetroTix.com. Tickets cannot be obtained by calling the Museum directly. Tickets purchased or reserved through MetroTix incur a service charge; the service charge is waived for tickets reserved at the Museum.

    Free on Fridays: Subject to availability; ticket required; limited to six tickets per reservation.

Jean-François Millet, French, 1814–1875; Self-Portrait, 1840-1841; oil on canvas; 25 × 18 1/2 inches; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution 2020.49

Docent Guided Tours

Discover the stories, techniques, and history behind the works on view in Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dalí on a docent guided tour. Free with exhibition ticket.

Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the exhibition, beginning February 23.
11 am–noon
Main Exhibition Galleries

*Docent guided tours will not be available during Art in Bloom on March 7 and 8.

Accessibility

The Saint Louis Art Museum is committed to being accessible and welcoming to all visitors. Learn More.

Large Print Labels

Large print labels for Millet and Modern Art will be available online and upon request at the Taylor Hall Information Center.

Audio Guide Transcript

A transcript of the audio guide for the exhibition will be available online and upon request at the Taylor Hall Information Center.

Starry Night

[Left] Jean-François Millet, French, 1814–1875; Starry Night, c. 1850-65; oil on canvas; 25 3/4 x 32 inches; Yale University Art Gallery, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund 2020.44
[Right] Vincent van Gogh, Dutch, 1853–1890; Starry Night over the Rhone River, 1888; oil on canvas; 28 1/2 x 36 7/32 inches; Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France 2020.27; Photo: Hervé Lewandowski, © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY
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