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Past exhibition

17 February – 22 May 2016

Location: Sainsbury Wing Exhibition

“We all paint in Delacroix’s language,” observed Cézanne

From the bold colours and abstract shapes of Matisse and Kandinsky, to the expressiveness of Van Gogh and Gauguin, to the vibrant complementary colours of the Impressionists. All can be traced back to Eugène Delacroix – the last painter of the Grand Style but equally one of the first modern masters, who transformed French painting in the 19th century.

‘Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art’ is a long-overdue homage to France’s leading exponent of Romanticism – a true original who, at the time of his death in 1863, was the most revered artist among the avant-garde in Paris.

Drawing inspiration from British art and literature, his real and imagined travels to North Africa, and biblical scenes; every chord of human passion can be found in Delacroix’s paintings – stories of love, murder, violence, and war. “The first merit of a painting is to be a feast for the eye,” he emphasised towards the end of his life.

Placing Delacroix alongside contemporaries such as Courbet and Chassériau, this exhibition traces 50 years of Delacroix’s legacy, exploring the profound impact he had on generations of artists to come.

This exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Exhibition generously supported by:

 

Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne

With additional support from:
The Daniel Katz Gallery, London
The Robert Lehman Foundation
Jacqueline & Jonathan Gestetner

Maximum 6 tickets per purchase.

Open daily 10am-6pm (last admission 5.15pm)
Late night Fridays until 9pm (last admission 8.15pm)

Advance booking recommended

Tickets: timed-ticket entry

Incl. voluntary

donation

Excl. voluntary

donation

Adult £16 £14
Senior £14 £12
National Art Pass (Art Fund) holders £8 £7
Student/Jobseeker/12–18 years £8 £7

Please note: These ticket prices include a voluntary donation to the National Gallery. Thanks to your support we are able to look after the paintings in our care and maintain free admission to our permanent collection.

By agreeing for the National Gallery to Gift Aid your admission ticket, we can claim a further 25p on every £1 spent, at no extra cost to you. You must be a UK taxpayer and pay an amount of income/capital gains tax at least equal to the tax we reclaim on your payment. Please ask our staff at the Ticket Desk or make your Gift Aid declaration when purchasing tickets online.

Please note: Once purchased, tickets cannot be exchanged, refunded or replaced. Tickets offered for resale will be cancelled without refund and admission will be refused to the bearer.

Please ensure you have your tickets with you when you visit the Gallery. Proof of purchase will not be accepted for admittance and lost or forgotten tickets cannot be replaced.

If you choose to print your tickets at home, please ensure that you have A4 paper and black ink available and that you can open and print PDF files. A clear printout of your ticket is needed for entry to the exhibition.

Under-12s

Free with a paying adult. Ticket required. Call 0800 912 6958 (booking fee £1.70) or book online.

Groups

£12 for groups of 10 or more. Call 020 7206 1173 (no booking fees, lines open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm).

Disabled visitors

For Disabled Concession tickets (£12) and accompanying free carer tickets please call 0800 912 6958 (no booking fees) or ask at the Ticket Desk.

School, college, and university groups

Educational institutions wishing to purchase exhibition tickets please call 020 7206 1173 or visit www.groupline.com

Timed-ticket entry

Ticket holders should enter the exhibition at the Sainsbury Wing during the half-hour time slot on their ticket.

You can stay as long as you like until closing procedures start, but there is no re-admission to the exhibition. The last ticket entry slot commences 1½ hours before closing time (e.g. 4.30–5pm entry for 6pm closing time).

Staff will start closing procedures five minutes before the advertised closing time.

Other ways to book

  • Book online (no booking fee)

    Choose your tickets online up until midnight the day before your visit. Receive your ticket immediately (via secure email link) and print it yourself at home

  • In person (no booking fee)

    Tickets can be purchased from the Advance Ticket Desk in the Sainsbury Wing until 5.15pm (8.15pm on Fridays)

  • By phone

    Book tickets by phone until 3pm the day before you visit
    0800 912 6958 (booking fee £1.90 maximum per ticket, lines open Monday to Saturday 9am to 10pm, Sundays 10am to 8pm)
    International callers +44 020 7126 5573 (booking fee maximum £1.90 per ticket)
    For Disabled Concession tickets (£12) and accompanying free carer tickets, please call 0800 912 6958 (no booking fees)
    Tickets ordered by phone will be available for collection at the Ticket Desk on the day of your visit

  • By post

    From the National Gallery (no booking fee). Please allow two weeks for processing and postage of your booking