Working in a politically turbulent Paris, Louis-Léopold Boilly witnessed the French Revolution, the rise and fall of Napoleon, and the Restoration of the French Monarchy.
From controversially seductive interior scenes, which saw him get into trouble with the authorities, to ‘first-of-their-kind’ everyday street scenes and clever trompe l’oeils, this exhibition shows Boilly’s daring responses to the changing political environment and art market he encountered, and highlights his sharp powers of observation and wry sense of humour.
Focusing on 20 works from a British private collection never previously displayed or published, this exhibition – the first of its kind in the UK – celebrates an artist who is little known in Britain and provides unparalleled context for our Boilly, A Girl at a Window.
EVENTS at the National Gallery
Talks > Meet curator Francesca Whitlum-Cooper and discover how our new Boilly exhibition came into being. Focusing on 20 works from a British private collection never previously displayed or published, this exhibition – the first of its kind in the UK.
Curator’s introduction: Boilly: Scenes of Parisian Life,
Monday 4 March, 1–1.45pm (free)
EVENT > talk at the Wallace collection:
Special lecture on Louis-Léopold Boilly by guest speaker Dr Francesca Whitlum-Cooper (Curator of ‘Boilly, Scenes of Parisian Life’ at the National Gallery).