|Père Jacques (The Wood Gatherer), 1881 by Jules Bastien-Lepage|
In the December issue of Fine Art Connoisseur, there is a short preview of the exhibit, Illusions of Reality: Naturalist Painting, Photography, and Cinema, 1875 - 1918, currently on view at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The article, Modern Life and Its Discontents: Naturalism Gets Re-assessed by Gabriel P. Weisberg and Janet Whitmore, provides a walkthrough of the show, detailing the installation in Amsterdam based upon the subject matter painted by the Naturalists. A catalog for this amazing-looking exhibit is available, and for many of us, the book is the closest we will get to this show; curator Weisberg was once again frustrated by the American museums, so Illusions of Reality won't be leaving Europe.
Although I knew I would eventually purchase the catalog, I had been postponing my order, hoping the book would come to Amazon.com, but I am now under the impression that availability of the book in the States might be somewhat limited. Michael Shamansky, Bookseller in Kingston, New York has had the item for sale for several months priced at $77.50. Shamansky often stocks interesting books, and I have been very happy with previous purchases I have made with him. The article convinced me to bite the bullet and purchase the catalog, but I bought mine directly from the Van Gogh Museum Online Store, which with the current exchange rate for the Euro, ended up being under $68, including shipping.
How I wish this show was coming to America!
Visit the Van Gogh Museum's Flickr Set to see images from the installation of the exhibit.