Scenes of Parisian Life — National Gallery

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National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London
Tel:
0207 747 2885

Dates and ticket price

Dates & Time:
28th February to 19th May 2019
10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Thu, Sat-Sun); 10 AM to 9 PM (Fri)
Tickets & Cost:
Free. See nationalgallery.org.uk

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Louis-Leopold Boilly worked in a turbulent Paris during the French Revolution, witnessing the rise and fall of Napoleon and the restoration of the French monarchy.

This one-room exhibition is the first of its kind in the country, showcasing twenty works that have never previously been displayed or even published.

You'll see some of his controversial seductive scenes, which landed him in trouble with the authorities, to his everyday street scenes that were the first of their kind. The highlight of the exhibition are his clever and daring trompe l'oeils, where he used his sharp observations and wry sense of humour to respond to the changing political environment.

 

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