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Take a private tour of Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage

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This exclusive subscriber after-hours event at the Art Gallery of New South Wales is hosted by Christopher Allen, The Australian’s national art critic, in which he joins Peter Raissis, Curator of European Drawings and Prints and the gallery’s exhibition curator, on a panel discussion.

Drawn from the unparalleled collections of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and including works by Cézanne, Matisse and Picasso, this remarkable exhibition traces the seismic shifts in European painting from the beginning of the 20th century and encapsulates a defining moment in art history.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to enjoy this stunning exhibition with two such eminent guides as Christopher and Peter, and enjoy these rare works from the modern masters – a journey of startling colour and form, groundbreaking endeavour, and bold leaps of the imagination.

Christopher Allen:
Dr Christopher Allen is an art critic and historian. A graduate of the University of Sydney, Christopher has worked at the Collège de France in Paris and the National Art School, and is currently Senior Master in Academic Extension at Sydney Grammar School. He is the author of Art in Australia from Colonisation to Postmodernism (1997), French Painting in the Golden Age (2003) and several other books, including Jeffrey Smart: Unpublished Paintings 1940-2007 (2008). He was art critic of the Financial Review from 2005 to 2008 and since 2008 has been national art critic for The Australian.

Peter Raissis:
Peter Raissis is Senior Curator, Historical European Art, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, where he has worked for over 20 years. He studied art history at the University of Sydney, followed by further study in the UK and in Paris, where he undertook a year internship at the Musee du Louvre, Paris. He is the author of Victorian Watercolours (2017 Art Gallery of New South Wales) and Prints and Drawings: Europe 1500-1900 (2014). He has curated numerous exhibitions including Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age. Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum (2018) and David to Cezanne: master drawings from the Prat collection, Paris (2010).

Event details
Thursday 22 November, 6:00pm
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Tickets: $25pp including drinks and canapés

Tickets are non-refundable. Image 1: Wassily Kandinsky 'Landscape: Dünaberg near Murnau' 1913 oil on canvas, 88.5 x 100 cm The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg Inv GE 9098 Photo: © The State Hermitage Museum 2018, Vladimir Terebenin. Image 2: Paul Cézanne 'Fruit' 1879/80 oil on canvas, 46.2 x 55.3 cm The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg Inv GE 9026 Photo: © The State Hermitage Museum 2018, Pavel Demidov and Konstantin Sinyavsky. Image 3: Camille Pissarro 'Boulevard Montmartre, afternoon sun' 1897 oil on canvas, 74 x 92.8 cm The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg Inv GE 9002 Photo: © The State Hermitage Museum 2018, Vladimir Terebenin, Leonard Kheifets and Yuri Mololkovets.

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