Celebrations of the 90th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Collection of French Art of the 19th and 20th Centuries

Press release of 7 July 2014

This year, the Collection of French Art of the National Gallery in Praguecelebrates the 90th anniversary of its establishment. In the framework of the celebrations, the Gallery has prepared a series of lectures and accompanying programmes introducing the wide public to the jewels of this significant convolute of works. The lectures will again begin in early September. The public is invited to visit this extraordinary collection which newly presents more works of painting and sculpture along with documentary material focusing on the history and development of the Collection of French Art of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The elegant and refined collection, housed by the TradeFairPalace, presents the determining milestones in the development of French art from 19th-century Romanticism to the artists opening the way to the art of the 20th century. The accompaniment on the journey through the history of the ground-breaking period of modern art will be the works by the following artists: Eugène Delacroix, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Henri Rousseau, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse and many others. The visitors will at the same time have the chance to admire the impressive group of works by Pablo Picasso the extent and high quality of which ranks it among most unique Central-European collections.

The beginnings of the collection of French Art in the National Gallery have been linked with the development of modern Czech art and its interest in the events occurring in the Parisian artistic milieu. The decisive year was 1923 when the CzechoslovakStatepurchased a significant collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints from the extensive exhibition French Art of the 19th and 20th Centuries, held by the Mánes Association of Fine Artists. During the 1930s, the collection was enriched by a state purchase of other crucial works today held in the collection of the National Gallery in Prague. Although the acquisition activities became rather subdued after the Second World War, the National Gallery acquired several significant works by Edgar Degas, Claude Monet and Henri Laurens. In 1960, the Galleryʼs French collection was moreover principally contributed by part of the famed collection developed by Vincenc Kramář, mainly the works from the Cubist period of Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and André Derain. A noteworthy acquisition from the most recent years was the painting LʼHirondelle Steamer on the Seine (1901) by Paul Signac, purchased by the Czech state in 2009.


Veletržní Palace
Dukelských hrdinů 47
170 00  Prague 7

 Admission fees

The following admission fees are part of the admission to the Trade Fair palace and its permanent collections of modern and contemporary art:

Basic - 180 CZK
Reduced - 90 CZK
Families - 240 CZK
School groups - 20 CZK per person 

We recommend purchasing annual admission for repeated visits.



Press release of 7 July 2014 

Eva Kolerusová, press spokeswoman

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