Vincent probably went to the eighth Impressionist exhibition, which took place from 15 May to 15 June 1886 in a gallery at 1 Rue Lafitte. The art on show included work by Mary Cassatt, Armand Guillaumin, Camille and Lucien Picasso, Paul Signac and Georges Seurat. Before he lived in Paris, Vincent knew Impressionism mainly through hearsay, but living in the French capital, he was able to visit exhibitions and see the work for himself. In October 1886, he wrote to a friend in Antwerp, Horace Mann Livens:
“In Antwerp I did not even know what the Impressionists were, now I have seen them and though not being one of the club, yet I have much admired certain Impressionist pictures – degas, nude figure – Claude Monet, landscape.”
Other than the exhibition on Rue Lafitte, the most important Impressionist shows Vincent saw in Paris were Georges Petit’s Ve exposition internationale de peinture et sculpture (15 June–15 July 1886) and the second Exposition de la Société des Artistes Independants (20 August–21 September 1886).