A free exhibition opening this month, ‘Corot to Monet’, offers a breath of fresh air. See a newly cleaned Titian, be dazzled by the power of illusion, or play with National Gallery paintings while you’re on the move.
Opening this month: Corot to Monet: A Fresh Look at Landscape from the Collection
8 July – 20 September 2009 Admission free
This exhibition charts the development of open-air landscape painting. It examines the influence of the Barbizon School – a group of ‘plein-air’ painters including Corot – on artists such as Monet, as they explored new ways of capturing light and atmosphere in paint.
Former National Gallery Director Charles Saumarez Smith tells the story of the Gallery’s world-class collection, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the tensions through the centuries between management and board.
This new book by a former director gives an insider’s perspective on the National Gallery.