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The first Pointillist painting enters the Portland Art Museum’s collection

PORTLAND, OR.- The Portland Art Museum announced the recent acquisition of an important painting by Théo Van Rysselberghe (Belgium, 1862 – 1926). Plage à marée basse à Ambleteuse, le soir (Beach at Low Tide, Ambleteuse, Evening) is now on display on the first floor of the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art. The 1900 canvas is the first pointillist painting to enter the Museum’s collection and provides an important link between the avant-garde of post-impressionist activity of Paris and its Belgian counterparts. A major figure in the development of modernism in the Low Country, Van Rysselberghe was a founder of the group that staged major exhibitions in Brussels of leading French radical painters of the day including Monet, Seurat, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. This major canvas presents the beach scene as an intellectual construct of color and optics. Capturing the setting sun across the low horizon of th