FRAGILE ART

Describe Online

Why Art Sometimes Hides from the Light

Behind the Scenes paintings by Degas and Vuillard which give a glimpse into two very different worlds.

La Faruk Madonna the story of three religious paintings made by a prisoner-of-war on old flour bags, for a mud chapel.

To Reach

The Fragile Art exhibits are distributed between two rooms off the French Art gallery, in the southeast and northeast corners.

From the First Floor Entrances

Unless you need step-free access, the easiest way to reach this gallery is via the Southeast Stairs from the South Foyer. Turn rightt at the top of these stairs, continue to the wall at the end of the walkway, turn left and take the turning right into the French Art gallery. From here, you can go through the exit from the far right-hand corner to view the Lafaruk Paintings or the far left-hand corner to view the French section.

From the Main Entrance

Whilst you could make your way via the Lower East Stairs, (or the outside stairs to the Rear Entrance) to Ground Floor Level, then via the Southeast Stairs to First Floor Level, you may as well use the lift.

Via the Lift

From the Main entrance, continue past the Shop, turn left and continue to the wall at the east end of the central space, then move right, past the entrance to the Restaurant, to locate the East Lift.

Go to First Floor Level, turn left (south) and continue to the top of the Southeast Stairs, in front of you. Turn left, continue to the wall at the end of the walkway, turn left and take the turning right into the French Art gallery. From here, you can go through the exit from the far right-hand corner to view the Lafaruk Paintings or the far left-hand corner to view the French section.

Layout

The French Section - Northeast Room

South Side

  entrance from French Art

West Side

  poster' Behind the scenes, Degas

North Side

  various paintings
statue of Grande Arabesque Premier Temps
painting, Dancers on a bench, Degas

East Side

  wall with windows, shutters closed to exclude excessive light

The Lafaruk Paintings - Southeast Room

North Side

  entrance from French Art

East Side

  wall with shuttered windows to exclude excessive light

South Side

  3 large paintings, the Lafaruk Madonna

West Side

  poster showing how these paintings survived
audio-visual describing these paintings

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