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10 January 2018Monochrome Art: Painting in Black and White Exhibition, National Gallery.

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Monochrome Art: Painting in Black and White Exhibition, National Gallery.
Wednesday 10 January 2018

WHEN: Wednesday, 10 January 2018 @ 10:45 am – 4:00 pm


National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN


£24.75, £18.75 (Art Fund members, £10.75 {National Gallery Members)

CONTACT: Christine Doney 07753 288169


Preceded by an explanatory talk, we will explore the tradition of monochrome painting from the Middle Ages to the 21st century including major artists from Rembrandt to Picasso.

Painting using predominantly black-and-white pigments has long held a fascination for artists, yet there has never been a major exhibition on the subject.

‘Monochrome’ presents a series of case studies that investigate where and when grisaille painting was used and to what effect: from early religious works to paintings that emulate sculpture or respond to other media such as printmaking, photography, and film.

Comprising works on glass, vellum, ceramic, silk, wood, and canvas, ‘Monochrome’ encourages visitors to trace the fascinating but little-studied history of black-and-white painting.

Odalisque in Grisaille, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Workshop, ca. 1824–34, © Metropolitan Museum of Art