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Past exhibition

4 March – 31 May 2015

Location: Sainsbury Wing Exhibition

“Without him,” said Monet “we wouldn’t have survived.”

So universally popular are the Impressionists today, it’s hard to imagine a time when they weren’t. But in the early 1870s they struggled to be accepted. Shunned by the art establishment, they were even lambasted as ‘lunatics’ by one critic.

One man, however, recognised their worth from the beginning. Paul Durand-Ruel, an entrepreneurial art dealer from Paris, discovered this group of young artists – including Monet, Degas, Manet, Renoir, Pissarro and Sisley – and gambled.

Realising the fashionable potential of their derided ‘impressions’ of urban and suburban life, Durand-Ruel dedicated the rest of his life to building an audience for their work – creating the modern art market in the process.

Such was his perseverance, Durand-Ruel nearly bankrupted himself twice, before successfully globalising his operation with outposts in London, Brussels and New York, and establishing the one-man show as the international norm for exhibitions.

The ‘Impressionists’ – a term first used derogatively by critics – was to become the household name that stands today.

‘Inventing Impressionism’ features 85 masterpieces from the movement, all but one having passed through Durand-Ruel’s hands, including three of Renoir’s famous ‘Dances’ and five from Monet’s ‘Poplars’ series.

Supported by

Eurotunnel

Philippe and Stephanie Camu

The NDL Foundation

The Jacaranda Trust

And several anonymous donors

Exhibition organised by the National Gallery, London, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux - Grand Palais in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay

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

Tickets: timed-ticket entry

Incl. voluntary

donation

Excl. voluntary

donation

Adult £18 £16
Senior £16 £14
National Art Pass (Art Fund) holders £9 £8
Student/Jobseeker/12–18 years £9 £8

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. Not applicable to groups.

Groups

For groups of 10 people or more call 020 7907 7059 (no booking fees, lines open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm).

Disabled visitors

For Disabled Concession tickets (£14.00) 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 should email tickets@ng-london.org.uk for a booking form at least once month in advance of the intended visit date.

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 (£14.00) 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