5 Oct 200515 Jan 2006. This exhibition takes a fascinating look at the exchange of ideas and imagery that took place between painters on both siedds of the Channel at the turn of the eighteenth century. It was a time of great decadence, which is reflected in the eras many paintings and prints of can-can girls, dance hall performers and theatrical acts that have gone on to become world famous works of art. Visitors can take in such historic paintings as Degas LAbsinthe which harshly divided opinion at the time between those who considered such realistic paintings degrading and vulgar and those who heralded the style and subject matter as a new frontier in artistic endeavour. As well as the three headline artists the exhibition contains works by such innovative and less celebrated contemporaries as Pierre Bonnard, James Tissot, Edouard Vuillard and James Whistler. The paintings hail from a some of the most prestigious collections in Europe, the U.S. and Australia all brought together under one roof. A chance not to be missed.
Sun-Thu 10.00-18.00 (Fri-Sat until 22.00) Last admission 45 minutes before the close.