In its latest exhibition, The National Gallery explores great paintings from a unique perspective; the point of view of the artists who owned them. More than 80 works were in the possession of great writers, who lived with them and were inspired by them. Painters’ Paintings is an exceptional opportunity to glimpse inside their private world and to understand the motivation of artists as collectors of paintings. The inspiration for the exhibition is Corot’s Italian Woman (1870), whose owner Lucas Freud left it to the nation after his death to thank the country for welcoming his family so warmly when they had to flee the Nazis. Painters’ Paintings is organised as a series of case studies each devoted to a particular painter-collector, including Freud, Matisse, Reynolds, Van Deyck and more. The exhibition looks at the significance of these works of art and the motivation for the painters who owned them as tokens of friendship, status symbols, models to emulate, cherished possessions, financial investments, or sources of inspiration.
📅 23 June – 4 September 2016: Friday 10AM – 9PM, Saturday to Thursday 10AM – 6PM
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