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Curator Talk: Hogarth and Europe at Tate Britain

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Hear Alice Insley, curator, British Art, c.1730-1850 and Martin Myrone, former senior curator, pre-1800 British Art at Tate Britain discussing the artist whose vivid, satirical depictions of 18th century England continue to capture the imagination today.

We are delighted to be partnering with the Hogarth and Europe exhibition which runs at Tate Britain from Wednesday, November 3, 2021 to Sunday, March 20, 2022.

European society and culture changed dramatically in the mid-18th century. This was an age of opportunity and change, enlightenment and innovation, but also materialism, exploitation and injustice. In an affluent, cosmopolitan Europe, the seeds of modern empire, revolution and global war were being sown.

In Britain, William Hogarth became famous for paintings and prints that captured the new modern experience with energy, wit, and humanity. But he was not alone. Across Europe, artists were creating vivid images of contemporary life and social commentary. The rich and the poor, the immoral and self-deluding, the selfish and the selfless, were made characters in pictorial stories that caught people’s imaginations and took art in novel directions.

For the first time, this exhibition will bring together Hogarth’s greatest works with those of his peers across the continent – including Francesco Guardi in Venice, Chardin in Paris and Cornelis Troost in Amsterdam – to suggest the cross currents, parallels and sympathies that crossed borders.

William Hogarth, Marriage A-la-Mode: 2, The Tête à Tête about 1743. The National Gallery, London.

William Hogarth O the Roast Beef of Old England ('The Gate of Calais') 1748. Tate Presented by the Duke of Westminster 1895.

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