Unbeknown to Theo,
Vincent suddenly arrived in Paris and asked his brother to meet him in
He would spend two years there, and at last felt accepted as a painter
among painters. He attended the Cormon workshop, and met all the Parisian
Busy with ideas and work, he wanted to promote the Impressionnists. With
Theo, he tried to introduce them in Holland and in England, but to no
He organized the first exhibition of Japanese engravings in Paris, which
would influence the young painters of the Cormon workshop.
His palette will greatly lighten at the contact of the Impressionnists,
their theory on colours, and above all at the contact of Signac, with
whom he would paint the Seine banks.
He also created the group of the Impressionnistes du Petit Boulevard
which gathered Toulouse-Lautrec, Pissaro, Guillaumin, Anquetin
whom he organized a great exhibition also a failure- in a restaurant:
Le Grand Bouillon.
He would spend long over-alcoholic evenings talking of art with the Pissaros,
Anquetin, and Bernard who were his friends.
Tired of the city after two years, he decided to follow Toulouse-Lautrecs
advice and go to the Midi to find Japanese colours.
Arles, Porte du Midi, would be his first stop, he then wanted
to go to Marseille in the wake of one of his favourite painters, Monticelli.