Reception and Private View: "Impressionist Gardens"
The highlight of this summer season at the National Gallery complex will be a ground-breaking exhibition on the subject of paintings of Impressionist Gardens, the first ever international exhibition on this subject with around 90 works including spectacular loans from collections around the world. Monet, Pissaro, Renoir, Manet and Sisley are well represented in the exhibition, together with artists of the next generation such as Cezanne and Pierre Bonnard. The final section of the exhibition looks at the spread of the Impressionist garden in the late 19th and early 20th century, with works by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Klimt and Singer Sargent. In addition to providing this dazzling array of world-class masterpieces, the exhibition also illustrates the history of gardening in the 19th century. with attention switching from great estates and parks to the suburban garden, an environment which the Impressionists made their own.
Wine will be served in the National Gallery before heading to the RSA building for a talk by Michael Clarke, Director of the National Gallery and curator of the exhibition. There will then be chance to see the exhibition.