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

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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 (http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/artists/claude-oscar-monet), Renoir (http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/artists/pierre-auguste-renoir), Pissarro (http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/artists/camille-pissarro) and Degas (http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/artists/hilaire-germain-edgar-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 (http://www.lucindahawksley.com/) 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!

Robert[masked]

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