Explore the connections between artists and the paintings they possessed.
'Painters' Paintings' takes its inspiration from works in the National Gallery’s collection once owned by artists including Lucian Freud, Matisse, Degas, Lawrence, Reynolds, and Van Dyck.
The exhibition investigates artists' motivations for acquiring other painters' works – artistic inspiration, scholarly interest, or to support their fellow artists; as status symbols and investments; or even out of obsession. 'Painters' Paintings' also considers the influence of these paintings on the artists that acquired them, and more widely on academia and even public collections, such as the Gallery's own.
Anne Robbins is Associate Curator of Post 1800 paintings at the National Gallery, London. She trained in France as Conservateur national du Patrimoine. At the National Gallery she contributes towards numerous projects and publications. She curated or co-curated a number of exhibitions including Cézanne in Britain (2006), Picasso: Challenging the Past (2009) and Inventing Impressionism (2015). She is the curator of Painters’ Paintings: From Freud to Van Dyck (22 June – 4 September 2016).