The French Gallery

The French Gallery at Kelvingrove

Gallery closure - Tuesday 3 - Thursday 5 March

Please note that the French Gallery will be closed from 2pm on Tuesday 3 March and on Wednesday and Thursday 4-5 March to allow us to carry out essential lighting work.

There will be no access from 2pm on Tuesday to prepare the gallery and protect the paintings in advance of the electrical work, which will be carried out on Wednesday and Thursday. This will involve installing new emergency lighting and replacing the gallery spotlights with low-energy bulbs.

We expect the gallery to re-open as normal at 11am on Friday 6 March and apologise for any inconvenience while this work is carried out. 

The French Gallery features works by important French artists inclduing Monet, Renoir, Pissarro and Van Gogh.

One of the most significant periods of French art was the 19th Century. It was also during this time that work by French artists became particularly popular among collectors in Glasgow and the West of Scotland. Subsequent donations to the city by these collectors have played an important role in the development of this collection, with the City of Glasgow now owning works by some of the most important artists of the period.

Impressionist works on display include Vetheuil by Claude Monet, 1880; The Painter’s Garden by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, c. 1903 and The Tuileries Gardens in Paris by Camille Pissarro, 1900.

Van Gogh's portrait of the Glasgow art dealer Alexander Reid, painted in 1887, was initially thought to be a self-portrait by Van Gogh, due to the uncanny likeness to the artist. This was eventually corrected by Alexander Reid's family. Reid and Van Gogh had been close friends, having briefly lived in the same accommodation in Paris in the late 1880's.

Another important work featured in the gallery is The Sisters by Mary Cassatt. Painted circa 1885, this work is a prime example of Mary Cassatt's style as one of the few female Impressionist artists. Children or mothers and their children were among Cassatt's favourite subjects and this is apparent in this beautiful work.

Both the Van Gogh and the Cassatt paintings can be seen in the image above.

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