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 the department of modern and contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and Maite van Dijk, senior curator at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
Inside the exhibition
Enhance your Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dalí experience with a free audio guide featuring expert commentary on 19 works in the exhibition.
Hours and Pricing
Tuesday–Sunday: 10 am–5 pm
Friday: 10 am–9 pm
Final admission to the exhibition is one hour before the Museum closes.
Members always free.
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
Additional Ticketing Information
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.
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
Main Exhibition Galleries
*Docent-guided tours will not be available during Art in Bloom on March 7 and 8.
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Large-print labels for Millet and Modern Art are available online and upon request at the Taylor Hall Information Center.
Audio Guide Transcript
A transcript of the audio guide for the exhibition are available online and upon request at the Taylor Hall Information Center.
[Right] Vincent van Gogh, Dutch, 1853–1890; Starry Night, 1888; oil on canvas; 28 1/2 x 36 7/32 inches; Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France 2020.27; Photo: Hervé Lewandowski, © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY
Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dalí is organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, with exceptional support from the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.
The exhibition is presented in St. Louis by the Betsy and Thomas Patterson Foundation.
Additional support is provided by the E. Desmond Lee Family Endowment for Exhibitions; the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; the National Endowment for the Arts; and Christie's. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.