Firm's first major sponsorship in Scotland

EY to sponsor galleries summer exhibition

Daubigny’s Garden, 1890 by Vincent van Gogh
Daubigny’s Garden, 1890 by Vincent van Gogh

The National Galleries of Scotland has announced that EY will sponsor this year’s major summer exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery.

EY has been a supporter of the arts for more than 20 years but this will be the firm’s first major sponsorship in Scotland.

Inspiring Impressionism: Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh will be the first large-scale exhibition to examine the relationship between the hugely successful landscape painter Charles François Daubigny (1817-1878) and the generation of painters that followed him, including two of the most celebrated and popular European artists in history, Claude Monet (1840–1926) and Vincent van Gogh (1853-80).

George Reid, EY’s Head of Financial Services, Scotland: “This year’s summer exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland is sure to impress and we at EY are delighted to be the sponsors. EY is committed to building a better working world, and we understand the important role that a thriving artistic and cultural environment plays in creating a healthy community and a strong economy.”

John Leighton, Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland, said: “EY have long been a strong supporter of the arts and we are thrilled that, in their desire to champion the arts in Scotland, they have opted to support one of the major highlights of our cultural calendar.

“Their generosity will help the NGS deliver an exciting and memorable exhibition that will illustrate and celebrate the seminal relationships between this extraordinary landscape painter and the remarkable artists who followed him.”

Inspiring Impressionism is a collaboration between the Scottish National Gallery, the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, USA, and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and will bring together around 95 works from around the world.

The exhibition will create a series of fascinating and often surprising juxtapositions between works by Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh and others including Camille Pissarro (1830-1930), highlighting the interactions and mutual influence between the older artist and his younger colleagues. Edinburgh will be the only UK venue to host this groundbreaking display.

Daubigny was prolific, successful and played a major role in making the landscape a major subject for painting in France in the nineteenth-century. The exhibition, at the Gallery from 25 June to 2 October, will demonstrate how this now relatively overlooked artist anticipated and influenced many of the practices associated with Impressionism – routinely painting outdoors, adopting new compositional schemes and developing a radically ‘unfinished’ style and brighter palette.

In his later years, Daubigny explored a more subjective interpretation of nature in his sunsets and nocturnes, inspiring not only Monet, but also Vincent van Gogh.

Recording his admiration for the older artist as early as 1875, Van Gogh would later move to Auvers-sur-Oise, where he visited Daubigny’s former studio, painted his house and garden and adopted his preference for a stretched, double squared canvas.

Along with Monet and Pissarro he responded to Daubigny’s paintings of orchards, poppy fields and wheatfields, allowing for some surprising and striking juxtapositions.

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