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National Gallery, London, Presents Work, Rest & Play

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The National Gallery, London, presents Work, Rest & Play, on view through 14 October 2007 at the Sunley Room. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Northern Rock Foundation, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and in London by The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation.


Artists have always been interested in the ways that we live. This exhibition explores the themes of work, rest and play as they have been depicted in art.

Bringing together exhibits dating from the 16th century to the present, it traces changing ideas about work and leisure, and looks at how artists have responded to major shifts in working patterns, from industrialisation to contemporary office culture.

This exhibition includes major works from the National Gallery, together with important historical and contemporary loans from other collections. It features works by Moroni, Canaletto, Gainsborough, Manet, Monet, Gauguin and Lowry.
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