Van Gogh Glyptoteket

French art 1870-1925


Please notice that the exhibition is closed until further notice due to building maintenance. Some works from the French collection can be found in the special exhibition “After Nature”.

Experience one of Denmark’s finest collections of French art. The Glyptotek’s collection of French art presents masterpieces of paintings from 1870-1925. See works by the likes of Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet og Berthe Morisot.

The Birth of a Movement

In 1874 a group of Parisian artists decided to exhibit their works together in protest at their rejection by the Salon, the city’s official exhibition venue. The group, which included Degas, Guillaume, Monet, Morisot, Pissarro, Renoir and Sisley, became known as the Impressionists. Their works represented an entirely new kind of painting in which light and colour were the principal elements. They often worked outdoors, since this provided the best conditions for observing changing light, colours and movement, whether in the open landscape or amongst the teeming life of the city. The style was characterised by vibrating brushstrokes, thick layers of unmixed pigments and unconventional angles and views.

New Directions

The 1880s and 1890s were witness to a flood of artistic expression, both in dialogue with and opposition to Impressionism. The leading figures of the movement, Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh, all embarked on new paths of their own. Van Gogh’s painting became expressive in the extreme, Gauguin moved towards cloisonnist works in bold colours, whereas Cézanne chose the more intellectual approach of simple Cubist forms. Bonnard developed a decorative style of painting with a high degree of intimacy, whereas Toulouse-Lautrec made his mark with depictions of Parisian life in the 1890s. European painting took many new directions, and was embraced by a rapidly changing art market. The Salon no longer had a monopoly on good taste.

The Small Salon

At the end of the exhibition of French art 1870-1925, visitors can find an exhibition space that provide the setting for small, temporary exhibitions of French art. Read more about The Small Salon here.


See the exciting activities and events, the Glyptotek has to offer. Please note, the events in Danish will not be presented here. Go to the Danish version of the homepage to see all events.


Enjoy a delicious lunch at Picnic overlooking the Glyptotek's beautiful Winter Garden.

After Nature

Experience a new reading of the Glyptotek’s paintings by the Danish writer Josefine Klougart