Boilly: Scenes of Parisian Life

National Gallery UK


28 FEB 2019 - 19 MAY 2019
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Discover the daring art of Louis-Leopold Boilly in the first UK exhibition devoted to one of the most important artists of revolutionary France Working in a polically turbulent Paris, Boilly witnessed the French Revolution, the rise and fall of Napoleon, and the Restoration of the French Monarchy. From controversially seductive interior scenes, which saw him get into trouble with the authorities, to ‘first-of-their-kind’ everyday street scenes and clever trompe l’oeils, this exhibition shows Boilly’s daring responses to the changing political environment and art market he encountered, and highlights his sharp powers of observation and wry sense of humour.