'The event of the season'

Friday 23 March, 6.30–8pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Julien Domercq, Jane Munro, Christopher Riopelle, Anna Gruetzner Robins

£10/£9 conc./£8 Members & Patrons/£5 Students

100 years ago, following Degas's death, a sale of his vast private art collection became 'the event of the season' 

A panel of experts discuss the impact this and further sales had on the collections of two galleries: the National Gallery, London and Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Discover how one of the world’s foremost economists, John Maynard Keynes, helped to secure a remarkable treasure trove of works for the British nation, including works by Degas himself as well as Ingres, Delacroix, Pissarro, Manet, and Gauguin. Hear about the innovative role photography had in the success of the sales, and learn how both galleries overcame the significant problems of funding and transporting their acquisitions as war raged across Europe.

Speaker biographies

Christopher Riopelle is the Curator of Post-1800 Paintings at the National Gallery. He previously held curatorial positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum, California. He has curated many exhibitions including Australia’s Impressionists (2017), Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art (2016), and Peder Balke (2015).

Jane Munro, Keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Prints at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and Director of Studies in History of Art at Christ’s College, Cambridge. She specialises in European painting and drawing of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and has curated over eighty exhibitions including 'Degas: A passion for perfection' (2017).

Anna Gruetzner Robins is Professor Emeritus at University of Reading. Her publications include 'Walter Sickert: The complete writings on art' (2000), 'Degas, Sickert, Toulouse Lautrec' (2005), and 'A Fragile Modernism: Whistler and his Impressionist followers' (2007). In 2016 she was adviser to the Artangel project, 'Inside artists and writers in Reading prison'.

Image above: Detail from Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Angelica saved by Ruggiero, 1819–39, one of the paintings owned by Degas