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Past exhibition

23 June – 4 September 2016

Location: Sainsbury Wing Exhibition

Explore the connections between painters and the paintings they possessed in an exhibition spanning over five hundred years of art history

'Painters' Paintings' takes its inspiration from works in the National Gallery Collection once owned by painters, revealing the private acquisitions of Freud, Matisse, Degas, Leighton, Watts, Lawrence, Reynolds, and Van Dyck.

The exhibition investigates why these painters acquired other painters' works – for artistic inspiration, to support fellow artists, as status symbols, as investments, even out of obsession.

It also considers the fascinating relations painters had with the paintings they possessed, and what happened when their acquisitions entered public collections.

'Painters' Paintings' features more than eighty works spanning over five hundred years of art history, from Freud’s 2002 ‘Self Portrait: Reflection’ to Bellini’s Agony in the Garden of about 1465.

About half of the works are exceptional loans from public and private collections, including Cézanne’s ‘Three Bathers’ once owned by Matisse, Sisley’s ‘The Flood. Banks of the Seine, Bougival’ once owned by Degas, and Gainsborough’s ‘Girl with Pigs’ once owned by Reynolds

Each painting offers a unique insight into the private worlds of these celebrated masters.

Exhibition generously supported by:

The Thompson Family Charitable Trust

Blavatnik Family Foundation

The NDL Foundation

Philippe and Stephanie Camu

The Thornton Foundation

And those who wish to remain anonymous

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 £12 £10
Senior £10 £9
National Art Pass (Art Fund) holders £6 £5
Student/Jobseeker/12–18 years £6 £5

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 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).

Groups

£9 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 (£9) 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 (£9) 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