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Corot to Monet - The National Gallery

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION entitled Corot to Monet: A Fresh Look at Landscape from the Collection is on display at The National Gallery until September 20, 2009.

The Impressionists were indebted to a longer tradition of sketching and painting outdoors. Corot to Monet charts the development of open-air landscape painting up to the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874.

Drawing on the National Gallery’s rich collection of 19th-century French landscapes, the exhibition features all the major artists of this genre.

It opens with scenes by Jean-Bapiste-Camille Corot, Simon Denis and Pierre Henri Valenciennes. They were among artists who gathered in Rome in the 18th and 19th centuries, setting out to paint picturesque locations in the Campagna outside the city.

A major part of the exhibition then focuses on the work of the Barbizon School, demonstrating how painters such as Théodore Rousseau, Jean François Millet and Narcisse-Virgilio Diaz de la Peña captured their native scenery to great effect.

The exhibition also traces the tangible influence these works had on the Impressionists as they began exploring new techniques. Monet’s The Beach at Trouville and other early works are displayed alongside the beach scenes of Eugène Boudin and late works by Corot.

Admission: Free.

Times: Daily from 10am to 6pm; Friday from 10am to 9pm

The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN