Impressionists on Paper: Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec

25 Nov 2023-10 Mar 2024

Royal Academy Of Arts
London W1J 0BD


Degas, Cézanne, Renoir, Van Gogh. We all know their paintings, but it’s their radical works on paper we put the spotlight on in this ground-breaking exhibition.

In the whirl of modernity that was late 19th-century France, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists radically transformed the future direction of art. But it wasn’t just through their paintings. In a subtle but seismic shift, they lifted the status of works on paper – drawings, pastels, watercolours, temperas, gouaches – from something preparatory that you left in a studio, to artworks in their own right.

In this rich exhibition, we bring together around 70 works on paper by leading Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists whose innovation would challenge traditional attitudes, transform the future direction of art and ultimately pave the way for later movements like Abstract Expressionism.