Boilly: Scenes of Parisian Life

Exhibition
from 28/02/2019 to 19/05/2019
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Boilly: Scenes of Parisian Life
28 February – 19 May 2019, Admission free, Location: Room 1
Curator Francesca Whitlum-Cooper

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.

The National Gallery

Trafalgar Square
London
WC2N 5DN

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)

Friday 26 April, 6.30–7.30pm (BSL, 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).

Exhibition catalogue: Boilly: Scenes of Parisian Life, by Dr Francesca Whitlum-Cooper (National Gallery, London in association with Yale University Press, 2019).
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