February 2009

February at the National Gallery

Book your tickets now for ‘Picasso: Challenging the Past’, which opens this month. It’s your last chance to catch the exhibition of Impressionist works by Alfred Sisley. And don’t forget that late opening at the Gallery changes to Fridays from the week beginning 23 February.


Opening this month – Picasso: Challenging the Past

Discover how Pablo Picasso took on the great European painting tradition and created radical responses of his own. This major exhibition explores how Picasso challenged the art of the past throughout his long career, and includes ‘variations’ after 17th- and 19th-century masterpieces. Opens 25 February – book early to avoid disappointment.
Detail from Pablo Picasso, ‘Man with a Straw Hat and an Ice Cream Cone’, 1938, Musée Picasso, Paris © RMN / Jean-Gilles Berizzi / Succession Picasso / DACS 2009

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February Highlights

Opening this month
Picasso’s Prints: Challenging the Past
Admission free
25 February – 7 June

To coincide with ‘Picasso: Challenging the Past’, this Room 1 display of the artist’s prints expands on the themes of the major exhibition, notably on Picasso’s ‘variations’, produced after masters such as Manet, David, Cranach and Rembrandt.

Pablo Picasso, ‘Femme Nue à la Source’, 1962, linocut © The British Museum, London / Succession Picasso / DACS 2009.

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Last chance to see
Sisley in England and Wales
Admission free
Until 22 February 2009

Alfred Sisley was a leading figure in the Impressionist movement.

He took on two painting campaigns in the UK – in 1874 and 1897.

See these two groups of paintings together for the first time.

Alfred Sisley, ‘Lady’s Cove, Langland Bay, Morning’, 1897, Private collection, New York © Photo courtesy of the owner

Discover ‘Sisley in England and Wales’

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Starting this month
New Friday Lates

Why not start your weekend at the National Gallery?

From 23 February, the Gallery will be open 10am–6pm daily and until 9pm on Fridays.

As well as exploring the paintings you can enjoy live music, bar, talks and special events from 6pm on Friday evenings.

Photo © The National Gallery, London

More about Friday Lates

From the Shops
The Little Red Book of the National Gallery
New and exclusive

An indispensable pocket guide full of facts on National Gallery paintings and anything art-related.

Discover which early colours contained arsenic and mercury, the meaning of apples in religious and mythological paintings, and fascinating details on some of the Gallery’s sculptures.

Comes complete with a National Gallery branded pocket Moleskine notebook for your own creative musings.

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February Focus
Joining with celebrations for Darwin 200, free Gallery talks explore the idea of origins.

What’s On Highlights

The Paul Mellon Lectures 2009

Half-term fun for families and young people

Study Day: Back to Civilisation

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Plan your visit
The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square, London
Open daily 10am – 6pm
Wednesdays 10am – 9pm