June 8 – September 2, 2012
Allen Whitehill Clowes Special Exhibition Gallery

The invention in 1888 of the first manageable, easy-to-use camera for amateurs made spontaneous photography possible: the snapshot was born. What role did photography play in the lives of artists of the period and how did it influence their work? The exhibition Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard sheds a light on this creative process, presenting 200 photographs and 60 paintings, prints and drawings from seven artists.

The exhibition is co-organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. It was realized with curatorial collaboration and exceptional loans from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Support provided by the Florence Gould Foundation and the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

Exhibition Catalogue

Although celebrated for their works on canvas and paper, the artists in Snapshot also made many personal and informal snapshots. Depicting interiors, city streets, nudes and portraits, these photographs were kept private and never exhibited. As a result, most have never been seen by the public. Juxtaposing personal photographs with related paintings and prints by these Post-Impressionist artists, Snapshot offers a new perspective on early photography and on the synthesis of painting, printmaking and photography at the end of the 19th century.

Ellen W. Lee, the Wood-Pulliam Distinguished Senior Curator for the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Elizabeth W. Easton, Clement Cheroux, Michel Frizot, Todd Gustavson, Francoise Heilbrun, Anne McCauley, Saskia Ooms, Katia Poletti, Eliza Rathbone and Hans Rooseboom are the authors of this award-winning catalogue. Purchase online or in the Museum Store.

Additional Venues

Snapshot has previously been seen at:

  • Van Gogh Museum | October 14, 2011 – January 18 2012
  • The Phillips Collection | February 14 – May 6, 2012