Degas to Picasso

Creating Modernism in France

In works by Matisse, Manet, Chagall, Renoir, Degas, Léger and Picasso, this ground-breaking exhibition tells one of the most compelling stories in the history of art – the rise of modernism.

From 1800 to the mid-twentieth century, this story was played out in France, especially in Paris where international artists were drawn by salons and dealers, the creative exchange between poets and painters and the bohemian atmosphere of such places as Montmartre and Montparnasse.

With over 100 works from a private collection that has never been seen in Britain before, the exhibition plots a course from Romantic artists such as Ingres, Gericault and Delacroix via the dramatic artistic transformations of Van Gogh and Cézanne, to the radical experiments in Cubism by innovators such as Picasso and Braque.

Opening Dates and Times

Exhibition Dates 10 February – 7 May 2017

Opening Times 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday, and Bank Holidays

  We are closed on Mondays

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to pre-book?

Due to the popularity of this exhibition we strongly recommend you pre-book your tickets to avoid disappointment.

When are peak/busy times?

Peak times are weekends and from 3pm onwards on weekdays. If you are planning to visit at a peak time, then advance booking is essential.

What’s the best way to buy tickets?

We recommend you book your tickets online using the links above. Our telephone line can get very busy so we recommend you book online to avoid waiting. You can also buy tickets at the museum, on the day of your visit, if the exhibition has not already sold out for a time slot.

Will I receive tickets in the post?

No, you will receive your tickets attached to a confirmation email shortly after completing your online booking. Please print your tickets and present them at the exhibition entrance, or show them on a mobile phone. Entry cannot be guaranteed if tickets are not presented.

What if I can’t find my booking email?

Please check your spam/junk folders. If you still cannot find your booking email, please email us before your visit so we can help resolve the issue. Our ticketing email address is:

Is the exhibition accessible?

Yes. Access to the exhibition is via lift and the entire exhibition is wheelchair accessible with handheld labels available.

Who can enter the exhibition for free?

Entry to exhibitions is free for children under 12, Ashmolean Members and University of Oxford students. No tickets need to be purchased in advance for those who are granted free entry. Members must show their membership card at the exhibition entrance, and University of Oxford students must show their student card.

Who can purchase a concession ticket?

University of Oxford staff and alumni, over 65s and those who are unemployed are eligible for concession tickets. All non-Oxford University students, children aged 12–17, and Art Fund Members may purchase half price tickets.

I am a Friend/Member of the Museum, can I bring a guest?

Ashmolean Membership only covers entry for yourself and any other named members if you hold a joint membership. You will need to purchase a ticket for any guests. To avoid queueing at the ticket desk on the day, or long waiting times for telephone bookings, we strongly recommend you book in advance online.

How can I contact the museum?

Please email us at before your visit so we can help you with any ticketing issues. Our telephone line can get very busy and we are not always able to respond to messages on the same day.