Boilly: Scenes of Parisian Life Catalogue

Boilly: Scenes of Parisian Life Catalogue


The first English publication on Boilly in 25 years, shedding new light on this fascinating artist. Accompanies the exhibition at the National Gallery, London, 28 February – 19 May 2019.

Louis-Léopold Boilly (1761–1845) lived a long life in the most turbulent times. From 1785 he spent half a century at the heart of the Parisian art world, throughout the turmoil of the Revolution, the rise and fall of Napoleon and the restoration of the monarchy. This first English-language publication on Boilly in over twenty years brings together portraiture, interiors on the theme of seduction and vivid and groundbreaking scenes of raucous Parisian street life. The majority of these pictures have never been published before. The book introduces readers to Boilly's richly detailed paintings and drawings, emphasising his technical brilliance, his acute powers of observation and his wry sense of humour, and illustrates Boilly's daring responses to France's changing political environment and burgeoning art market. It offers an alternative to the accepted view of Revolutionary French art as the purview of grand history painters such as Jacques-Louis David. Boilly popularised trompe l’oeil paintings – he invented the term – and by depicting daily life on the streets of Paris for the very first time, he turned the accepted hierarchies of art on their head.


Francesca Whitlum-Cooper is the Myojin-Nadar Associate Curator of Paintings 1600–1800 at the National Gallery, London.

Product Code 1047216
Author Francesca Whitlum-Cooper
Colour Illustrations 40
Dimensions 26 x 24 cm
Format Hardback (PLC)
ISBN 9781857096439
Pages 96
Published February 2019
Publisher National Gallery Company Ltd
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