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There have been plenty of Monet exhibitions over the years, but never one that has concentrated solely on his buildings.
The exhibition collects together more than 75 of Monet's paintings to explore how he used architecture to create some of his best compositions: in Normandy, in Rouen, in Paris, London, and Venice. There are buildings in villages, by the coast, and some of Europe's most famous monuments.
DaveG – “I've probably been to every gallery in London at least 10 times but I've lost count of the number of times I've been to the National. It's just so peaceful and nice inside you can get away from the traffic outisde and sit down on a nice leather couch and take in the pieces in front of you without being bothered by anyone. It's quiet like a library inside and everyone is respectful of the art. I tend to give the famous names like Van Gogh and Picasso a miss these days, and settle down in front of the epic religious paintings, showing scenes from the bible. I'm not religious, but there is so much going on in those paintings it's like watching a story on the television. These kinds of works you just dont see anymore these days, and that is the art world's loss.”
PWalker – “This is the best gallery I have ever been to, and i absolutely love it. I have been loads of times already and i never tire of it, such is the breadth of masterpieces on display. There is every kind of art here, from devotional religious pieces ato landscapes, seascapes, and some amazoing portraits. When you look at the list of artists on display here, you cannot help but be wowed. I would write you a list, but it will be quicker if i just tell you that every famous artist from the last half-century is here! If you are an art lover, then this should be your first stop, your second stop, and your third and fourth stop too.”
Craig’s review of National Gallery – “Do you know what the nicest thing about the National Gallery in the evening is? -- the peace and quiet. I was walking here from Leicester Square five minutes ago and it was all busy busy busy. Pavements heaving, people jostling bustling barging elbows out, running everywhere, cars all over the place, sirens blaring. And then you walk through the gallery double doors a… continued”
Ed Ruscha — Course of Empire – 11 Jun to 7 Oct 2018 – Ed Ruscha's 'Course of Empire' is his take on American civilisation, inspired by Thomas Cole's 19th-century series of the same name.
Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire — at the National Gallery – 11 Jun to 7 Oct 2018 – The National Gallery will be exhibiting works by American landscape painter Thomas Cole, alongside works by Turner and Constable.
Italian Renaissance painters, Mantegna and Bellini – 1 Oct 2018 to 27 Jan 2019 – The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of works by the Italian Renaissance painters Giovanni Bellini and Andrea Mantegna.
Lorenzo Lotto Portraits — at the National Gallery – 5 Nov 2018 to 10 Feb 2019 – The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of works by the Italian Renaissance portrait artist, Lorenzo Lotto.
Drop-in Drawing at the National Portrait Gallery – Every Fri – Enjoy a free drop-in drawing session at the National Portrait Gallery, amongst some of the gallery's great works of art.
All To Human: A Century Of Painting Life – 28 Feb to 27 Aug 2018 – 'All To Human: A Century Of Painting Life' will include works by the likes of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.
Picasso 1932 — Love, Fame, Tragedy – 8 Mar to 9 Sep 2018 – 'Love, Fame, Tragedy' will focus on just one year of Picasso's extraordinary career -- the so-called 'Year of Wonders' in 1932.
If you enjoy National Gallery then you might like to visit Courtauld Gallery (walk it in 12 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Courtauld Gallery), National Portrait Gallery (you can walk there in less than 1 min), Royal Academy of Arts (you can walk it 10 mins), Tate Britain (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Tate Britain) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Wallace Collection)
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