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Americans in Paris - National Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AS ITS name suggests, the National Gallery’s latest exhibition, Americans in Paris 1860 – 1900 showcases works – 87 in total – by the American artists, and there were many, who were drawn to Paris at the end of the 19th century.

The exhibition, the first of its kind in Britain, will look at why so many American artists were drawn to the French capital, what they produced during their stay, and how their art changed.

As well as well-known artists – James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt – there will also be many unfamiliar names – Cecilia Beaux, Elizabeth Nourse and Theodore Robinson, for example.

Among the highlights are Whistler’s White Girl from the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC; Sargent’s painting of the daughters of Edward Darley Boit from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and his notorious Madame X from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Sponsored by Rothchild, Americans in Paris runs until May 21, 2006, in the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery.

Tickets: £9 adults; £8 seniors: £4.50 students, under 18s and unemployed; free under 12s

For further information telephone 020 7747 2423 or visit the website.