Monochrome: Painting In Black And White
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National Gallery, London, WC2N 5DN
  • Monochrome: Painting in Black and White
    30 October 2017 – 18 February 2018

    Explore the tradition of painting in black and white from its beginnings in the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and into the 21st century.


    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 by artists such as Rembrandt, Picasso, Richter and an immersive light installation by Olafur Eliasson, ‘Monochrome’ encourages visitors to trace the fascinating but little-studied history of black-and-white painting.

    Exhibition organised by the National Gallery in collaboration with Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf.
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    Image Credit: Detail from Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and workshop, 'Odalisque in Grisaille' (detail), about 1824-34 ©  The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource / Scala, Florence  
  • National Gallery

    Sainsbury Wing,
    Trafalgar Square,
    WC2N 5DN

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