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ESNA Conference 2019: Frictions and friendships. Cultural encounters in the nineteenth century

19 and 20 June

On the 19th and 20th of June, the ESNA Conference Frictions and friendships. Cultural encounters in the nineteenth century will take place in The Hague, organized by ESNA (European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art), RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History and NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research). Tickets are available in our webshop.


Frictions and friendships. Cultural encounters in the nineteenth century

Vincent van Gogh wrote in 1883: 'I would certainly very much like to spend some time in Paris, because I believe I would get the friction [in Dutch: 'wrijving'] with artists that I'll have to have at some point'. Van Gogh used the word 'friction' in a positive sense, as an encounter in which he could learn and develop his ideas and his art. In his quest for friction, Van Gogh sought the Utopia of a shared workspace which was often resulted in a series of arduous relations which nevertheless sparked with ideas flowing in different directions. Personal encounters can abrade and chafe but can nevertheless lead to mutual inspiration. Specific locations (such as the famous Alsen Colony near Berlin and French sea-side resort Nice as place of encounter between tourists and artists) and art works (17th-century Dutch masters in the work of Félicien Rops and that of Dutch artists in Great Britain) can lead to new inspiration.

Ideas, information and objects are in general adopted by an artist and consequently edited, adjusted and given new meaning. In short, they are translated’. The focus of this conference is on international as well as national and local points of encounter and how they facilitated artistic exchange. The various processes involved, whether they are driven by friendship, encounters, locations, exhibitions, artists' studios and / or art works to name but a few, are the subject of this conference.

The exhibition The Dutch in Paris, which was on show in the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and in the Petit Palais, Paris during the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018 respectively, aimed to visualize the artistic exchange between Dutch and French artists between 1789 and 1914. As part of a larger research project, set up by the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History in collaboration with NWO, the exhibition generated so much response that ESNA decided to organize an international conference on the subject, focusing specifically on international as well as national and local points of encounter and how they facilitated artistic exchange.


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Organizing committee: Maite van Dijk (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam), Mayken Jonkman (RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague), Jenny Reynaerts (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), Malika M'rani Alaoui (Ghent University)

Scientific committee: Jan Dirk Baetens (Radboud University Nijmegen), Rachel Esner (University of Amsterdam), Wessel Krul (Groningen University), Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel (École normale supérieure, Paris), France Nerlich (INHA, Paris), Marjan Sterckx (Ghent University), Chris Stolwijk (RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History / Utrecht University)

For more information, please contact Malika M'rani Alaoui at esnaonline@hotmail.com or Mayken Jonkman at jonkman@rkd.nl