|Covid-19|February (approx.) – Fourth annual exhibition of Les XX, at the Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique in Brussels. Artists invited to show in addition to members of the group include Walter Sickert, Camille Pissarro, Berthe Morisot and Georges-Pierre Seurat. The major work shown is Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.
March 26 – June 8 – Third exhibition by the Société des Artistes Indépendants in Paris.
November 14 – Paul Gauguin and Charles Laval return to Paris from Martinique.
December (approx.) – Vincent van Gogh arranges an exhibition of paintings by himself, Émile Bernard, Louis Anquetin, and (probably) Toulouse-Lautrec in the Restaurant du Chalet, 43 Avenue de Clichy, Montmartre, Paris. Bernard and Anquetin sell their first painting; van Gogh exchanges work with Gauguin.
Vincent van Gogh begins his first Sunflowers series of paintings in Paris.
Walter Crane illustrates "The Architecture of Art" (included in his Claims of Decorative Art, printed later).
Charles Lang Freer's first Asian art purchase is a painted Japanese fan.
Sir John Everett Millais' painting Bubbles is acquired for advertising purposes by Pears soap.
Lawrence Alma-Tadema – The Women of Amphissa
Otto Bache – Christian IV's Coronation, 1596
William Gerard Barry – Time Flies
Joseph Boehm – Jubilee Head of Queen Victoria on British coinage
Thomas Shields Clarke – A Fool's Fool
Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret – Breton Women at a Pardon
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes – Young Girls at the Seaside
Frank Duveneck – Elizabeth Boott Duveneck
Jean-Léon Gérôme – Omphale (sculpture)
Edward John Gregory – Marooning
Liverpool Quay by Moonlight
Prince's Dock, Hull (later version, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull)
Max Klinger – The Judgement of Paris (c. 1886–87)
Léon Augustin Lhermitte – The Gleaners
John Longstaff – Breaking the News
Albert Joseph Moore – Midsummer
Walter Osborne – On Suffolk Sands
Eilif Peterssen – Summer Evening and Nocturne
Ilya Repin – Portrait of Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy
Theodore Roussel – Reading Girl
Girl with Peaches («Девочка с персиками», Devochka s Persikami)
Paul Signac – The Town Beach, Collioure
Solomon Joseph Solomon – Samson and Delilah
Henry Tanworth Wells – Victoria Regina (second version)
January 3 – August Macke, German Expressionist painter (died 1914).
February 5 – Albert Paris Gütersloh, Austrian painter and writer (died 1973).
March 23 – Juan Gris, Spanish painter and sculptor (died 1927).
March 25 – Josef Čapek, Czech painter (died 1945).
April 29 – Stanley Cursiter, Scottish painter and curator (died 1976).
May – Jacob Steinhardt, German-born Israeli painter and woodcut artist (died 1968).
May 12 – Leo Michelson, Latvian-American painter and sculptor (died 1978).
Barker Fairley, English-born Canadian painter, writer, and educator (died 1986).
Paul Maze, French-born Post-Impressionist painter (died 1979).
May 30 – Alexander Archipenko, Ukrainian sculptor (died 1964).
June 20 – Kurt Schwitters, German Dadaist painter and writer (died 1948).
July 7 – Marc Chagall, Russian-Belarusian-French painter (died 1985).
July 28 – Marcel Duchamp, influential French artist (died 1968).
September 24 – Frank Newbould, English poster artist (died 1951).
October 6 – Le Corbusier, French architect and painter (died 1965).
October 9 – Manuel Ortiz de Zárate, Chilean painter (died 1946).
October 13 – Kate Lechmere, English painter associated with the Vorticists and milliner (died 1976).
November 1 – L. S. Lowry, English painter (died 1976).
November 15 – Georgia O'Keeffe, American painter (died 1986).
March 24 – Ivan Kramskoi, painter and art critic (born 1837)
May 20 - Paul Emile Chappuis, photographer (born 1816)
June 4 – Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, French sculptor and painter (born 1824)
June 5 – Hans von Marées, painter (born 1837)
July 8 – John Wright Oakes, landscape painter (born 1820)
July 17 – Nicaise de Keyser, painter (born 1813)
August 19 – Alvan Clark, American astronomer, telescope maker, portrait painter and engraver (born 1804)
August Becker, painter (born 1821)
François Bonvin, realist painter (born 1817)
date unknown - Giovanni Battista Amendola, sculptor (born 1848)
1887 in art Wikipedia
The year 1887 in art involved some significant events.