Michael Rosen at the National Gallery

Michael Rosen at the National Gallery

20th April 2018

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Author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen discusses the work of the French novelist and art critic Émile Zola.

They will look at his role as champion of Monet and the Impressionists, his friendship with Cézanne, and his surprising exile in the suburbs of South London from 1898 to 1899, during the Dreyfus affair.


Michael Rosen is a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. The former Children’s Laureate, Rosen has written and collaborated on more than 150 books of stories, jokes and poetry for all ages, including ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. He is author of ‘The Disappearance of Émile Zola’ published by Faber & Faber in 2017. He has recently curated ‘The Working Artist: The East London Group’ at Bow Arts.

Christopher Riopelle is the Curator of Post 1800 Paintings at the National Gallery. He previously held curatorial positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum, California. He has curated many exhibitions including Australia’s Impressionists (2017), Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art (2016), and Peder Balke (2014).


April 20, 6.30 p.m.