Royal Academy, London

Felix Vallotton

“Hitchcockian…These paintings aren’t quite like anything you’ve seen before”

The Telegraph

Compared to his contemporaries, Bonnard and Vuillard, Félix Vallotton is little-known on this side of the channel. Trace the life and work of the Swiss painter who became one of the greatest printmakers of his age in the UK’s first major survey.

Arriving in Paris at the dawn of the Belle Epoque, a young Swiss artist began to capture frenetic life on the city’s streets, as well as moments of private drama for the liberal magazine, La Revue Blanche.

The work of Félix Vallotton caught the eye of Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard, and with them he joined a stylistic revolution (a group known as the Nabis) which took inspiration from the decorative, Post-Impressionist style of Paul Gauguin and popular Japanese woodblock prints.

Through more than 80 paintings and exquisite prints, this exhibition reveals Vallotton’s extraordinary body of work, including compelling portraits, dreamlike landscapes and satirical prints distilled into pure blocks of black and white.

A key highlight is his celebrated series of shadowy interior scenes, Les intimités. Painted in striking colour combinations, each laced with unease, these show how Vallotton’s legacy echoed into the 20th century – from the paintings of Edward Hopper to the films of Alfred Hitchcock.

Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in collaboration with Fondation Félix Vallotton, Lausanne.

Helene Schjerfbeck

20 July — 27 October 2019

Instead of tapering off into rehearsed formulas, her art gets better as it heads from start to finish.

Time Out

Discover the mesmerising paintings of Helene Schjerfbeck, one of Finland’s best kept secrets, in the UK’s first major exhibition of her work.

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946) is a Finnish national icon. From her early naturalistic style – honed during her studies in France – to her highly abstracted self-portraits, this exhibition will present Schjerfbeck for the first time to UK audiences.

Talented and widely travelled, Schjerfbeck found artistic success at a young age. In the 1880s she connected with artists’ colonies in Pont Aven, Brittany and St. Ives, Cornwall. In her later years, she left the Finnish capital for a quieter life that allowed her to concentrate on her work. Nonetheless, keeping in touch with artist friends and the seismic shifts in modern art, she produced some of her most raw and radically abstracted paintings in these years.

Through over 60 portraits, landscapes and still lifes, this long-overdue survey traces the evolution of her remarkable career. Among the highlights will be a sequence of self-portraits, which demonstrate Schjerfbeck’s lifelong fascination with the physical and psychological process of ageing. In the age of the selfie, her engagement with masks and masquerade – the superficial appearance we present to the world and what lies beneath – is more relevant than ever.

Overlooked for too long, Schjerfbeck’s unique vision and painterly invention will be a revelation.

Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and the Ateneum Art Museum / Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki.

Josie Eastwood Fine Art  Exhibition 

Josie has opened her new gallery in Longstock, Hampshire.  Well worth a detour to see it.

Josie Eastwood Fine Art has been established since 1991 and is one of Hampshire’s leading contemporary private art galleries. The new gallery, opened in November 2018 is set in the heart of the Test Valley at Longstock, Stockbridge. It will stage 5 exhibitions a year with a mixed programme of contemporary painting, ceramics and sculpture, celebrating and supporting both established and emerging artists. 

In between exhibitions, the gallery will continue to operate on a consulting basis to both private and corporate clients advising on the the sourcing, purchase, presentation and placement of work. It will also be open, by appointment, for those wishing to view work by the gallery artists. 

Josie Eastwood has gained over 30 years experience working in the art world through building and establishing her own business but also through time spent working alongside two major dealers in London and at Sotheby’s auction house. In addition, her academic background in History of Art but also as a painter gives her the fluency to work closely with both artists and patrons.

The Salisbury Museum

Augustus John: Drawn from Life

Augustus John: Drawn from Life

Colonel T E Lawrence, 1919 by Augustus John © Estate of Augustus John/Tate, London 2018

Saturday, May 18, 2019 to Sunday, September 29, 2019

This exhibition is in partnership with Poole Museum and co-curated with David Boyd Haycock. Augustus John: drawn from life looks in detail at his work, particularly in the decades between the two world wars. At his peak, John’s reputation as one of the towering figures in British art was based upon his extraordinary talent, both as a draughtsman and portraitist, as well as his bohemian lifestyle.

Drawn from Life is a celebration of John’s contribution to British art of the 20th century and the opportunity to marvel at his extraordinary use of line, colour and form to create art of timeless beauty. With works drawn from a wide range of museums and galleries, including Tate, as well as from private collections around the UK, this exhibition is a comprehensive retrospective of a great British artist.

The exhibition represents a partnership between Salisbury Museum and Poole Museum, under the umbrella of the Wessex Museums Partnership, supported by Arts Council England. Poole Museum will be showing Henry Lamb: Out of the Shadows from 18 May – 29 September, 2019.

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