Changing Styles in 19th-century French Painting – Between 1850 and 1910, landscape painting in France changed dramatically.
Light on Water – how different artists met the challenge of painting water.
People Out of Doors – French artists moved away from painting agricultural scenes and began painting people at leisure.
Viewpoints – how artists select the scenes they paint, and the decisions they make.
Still Life – artists turned to still life painting for a wide variety of reasons.
Vuillard’s Figures in a Room – unusual snapshot-style paintings full of pattern.
Portraits – artists paint people’s faces for many reasons, and not all of them are traditional portraits.
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.
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.
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.
This is a large, rectangular gallery with the two sections of the Fragile Art sections off the northeast and southeast corners.
Going clockwise from the entrance from the main walkway.
paintings, including Still Life by Renoir|
various portraits, including poortrait of Alexander Reid by Vangogh|
landscapes, including Vetheuil, by Monet
entrance to Fragile Art|
paintings, including The Reapers, by Julius Breton
entrance to Every Picture Tells a Story
paintings, including The Blue Fin Windmill at Montmartre, Vangogh|
entrance from main walkway
There are two central display features in this gallery.
horizontal poster, in southwest corner, describing French Art|
seats to view paintings
horizontal, interactive to show how artists worked
Interior, The Drawingroom by Edouard Vuillard|
interactive, Funny Faces
horizontal poster, in northwest corner, French Art, Find out More|
interactive, River Trip
interactive, audio-visual, try to establish the paintings here, touch screen demo|
interactive, Building the Street|
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