National Gallery Guided Tour - Part 5: 'The Impressionists'­ (7:15pm)

  • October 4, 2013 · 7:15 PM
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For the fifth part of our guided tours round the National Gallery on a Friday evening we will be covering:

'The Impressionists & Post-Impressionists'.


About the guided tour

From the 1870s through to the 20th century, France dominated the world of Western art. This tour will look at the many different styles that the loose title of "impressionism" encompassed, how they affected other artists and how who Post-Impressionists were.

The term 'Impressionist' was first used as an insult in response to an exhibition of new paintings in Paris in 1874. A diverse group of painters, rejected by the art establishment, defiantly set up their own exhibition. They included Monet, Renoir, Pissarro and Degas. Today, the Impressionist paintings are some of the best-known and best-loved in the National Gallery collection. It takes a leap of the imagination for us to realise how radical the movement was considered in its day.

The term 'Post-Impressionists' embraces the artists working in France in the 1880s, immediately after the Impressionists. It was coined by Roger Fry for his exhibition of 1910 in which he showed Cezanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin and Seurat. The classification covers artists who were aware of Impressionism but who sought to move beyond it  -  the term is sometimes applied to late work of the original Impressionists.


The tours last 1 hour.  The tour guide will be Lucinda Hawksley who is a regular guide for both the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.  She is the great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens and has written several books about him, his family and also about the Pre-Raphaelites.

We are having two back to back tours by Lucinda at 6:15pm and 7:15pm (the 6:15pm will be as a separate event).  Please RSVP to the tour you wish to attend.

The cost is £8 per person for Full Members and £10 per person for everyone else.

Afterwards, we will head to the local bar in the National Gallery for a chat over a drink.

If you can't see us, please call.  Look out for the group sign outside the station:





Hope to see you there!


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  • Gil

    Very interesting tour with good company. I liked how Lucinda (very opinionated and good for that) made the requisite links between various styles and artists. I hadn't realised the connection between Constable and the Impressionists. I came away having seen and learned things that I wasn't aware of before. Thanks to Robert for organising and to Lucinda for guiding.

    October 5, 2013

  • Andrew

    Hi Robert

    I'll meet you at the entrance to the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery.

    October 4, 2013

  • Jeanie H.

    Hi Robert - I will be walking from Piccadilly so would like to meet at the Nationak gallery. Wll you meet lucinda at the main entrance or at the entrance to the Sainsbury wing? Let me know and I will join you there.

    October 4, 2013

  • Ilaria Selvaggia G.

    It's a great event! I hope to participate!

    September 30, 2013

  • Froozandeh

    I would love to come to this..Do i need to find out if i have a confirmed booking for this event?

    September 30, 2013

  • Ilaria Selvaggia G.

    It's a great event! I hope to participate!

    September 28, 2013

  • Morgane

    I really wanted to go to this one but the new date means I can't make it. Hope you all enjoy the tour!

    September 27, 2013

  • Meredith S.

    I just realised this event is not for tonight, but next week & I will be in Arizona (all being well) I hope you all enjoy it... There's a great guide & I, for one, love the Impressionists...

    September 27, 2013

  • daniela

    Hello!, I am on the waiting list for this event. I would be able to do the new date on the 4th October . How does it work? As places become available, are they offered to people who are on the waiting list? In chronological order?.. :-)

    September 26, 2013

    • Meredith S.

      Hi Daniela, If you're on a waiting list it means that the event has reached it's capacity, however if someone can no longer make it, they should change their RSVP to indicate they can no longer attend, & then the next person on the waiting list moves up & automatically receives an email letting them know they have a place... It is chronological, so whoever responded just after the event filled up is more likely to get a place than someone who puts their name down a week or so later... I hope this helps!

      September 27, 2013

  • Olga

    Sorry, I cannot make the new dae either

    September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I'm unable to make the new date.

    September 26, 2013

  • Monica

    Interested in this topic

    August 22, 2013

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