Exhibition The Golden age of English Painting at the Luxembourg Museum, 11th September 2019 – 16th February 2020
For their new exhibition, the Luxembourg Museum (just a few minutes away from our hotels) is lucky enough to have sixty-eight masterpieces of English painting lent by the Tate Britain, dating from between 1760 and 1820, with paintings by Blake, Gainsborough, Constable and more.
The start of George III’s reign in 1760 was a turning point for English art, with the founding of the Royal Academy of Arts.
Supported by the king, several artists rose to success, and the exhibition opens by confronting two of them – Reynolds and Gainsborough – with some extraordinary portraits.
Later in the exhibition, other themes are explored – family, childhood, landscapes – often showing visual and intellectual innovation that was groundbreaking for the era, a new understanding of how to represent nature and emotion.
Linked with the exhibition there are:
— three free conferences at the 3 Luxembourg cinema (here – book on the museum’s website)
— a sketching evening on 15th October, 7-9pm
— two costumed balls of English ‘counter-dances’ on 7th December and 1st February, 7.30pm-midnight
— a readings evening focussing on the English romantic period, at the André Malraux library (here) on 18th January 2020 from 6.30-8pm, and
Various themed visits and kids workshops are also on offer, and a catalogue of the exhibition is available (224 pages, 150 illustrations, 39€).
The exhibition L’âge d’or de la peinture anglaise – de Reynolds à Turner (The Golden age of English Painting) is at the Luxembourg Museum (here) from 11th September 2019 – 16th February 2020
Open seven days a week from 10.30am-7pm (10pm Mondays). Closes at 6pm on 24th & 31st December. Closed 25th December
Admission: 13€ / 9€
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