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GALLERY ? MANCHESTER CITY ART GALLERIES ************************* Pre-Raphaelite Women Artists • 22 November 1997 - 22 February 1998 · Pre-Raphaelite Women Artists is a major exhibition which aims to give a showing to an unjustly neglected group of artists. It wül extend the art historical knowledge of Pre-Raphaelitism and encourage a deeper study of tiie style in its Victorian context. In so doing, it will help to enlarge and redefine the character, scope and significance of die Pre-Raphaelite movement as we approach the one hundred fiftietii anniversary of its origins in 1848. The selection of exhibits re-establishes artists who achieved exhibition and public recognition in their own day but who are now litde known. It also claims a reputation for others whose work has been neglected and whose significance has hitherto been overlooked. The exhibitors include: Anna Howitt, Barbara Bodichon, Jane Benham, Anna Blunden, Rosa Brett, Joanna Boyce, EUzabedi Siddal, Emma Sandys, Rebecca Solomon, Julia Margaret Cameron, Catiierine Madox Brown, Lucy Madox Brown, Marie Spartali Stillman, Maria Zambaco, Evelyn de Morgan, Francesca Alexander, Marianne Stokes, Christiana Herringham, Kate Bunce, Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale. THE NATIONAL GALLERY, London *********************** Seurat and The Bathers - Sainsbury Wing • 2 July - 28 September 1997 · Seurat's Bathers at Asnières of die greatest paintings of die nineteendi century. This major exhibition is tiie first to place die twenty-four-year-old Seurat's 'masterpiece' in the context of his early work and to bring togetiier all the studies and drawings he made in preparation for tiie painting. It will include over fifty otiier works by die artist himself as well as some thirty related works by his predecessors and contemporaries, among diem paintings by Monet, Manet, Caillebotte and Van Gogh, and by masters of die past like Poussin who influenced the young Seurat. Pictures are from Europe and tiie United States, and include Seurat's own large oil study for La Grande Jatte from New York, Monet's Spring on the Ile de la Grande Jatte from Oslo, and Van Gogh's Bridge at Asnières from Zurich. Gallery Stroll137 NATIONAL GALLERY OF SCOTLAND, Edinburgh ******************************* Preview: The Portrait ofa Lady, Sargent and Lady Agnew • 8 August - 19 October 1997 · One of the world's most stunning female portraits, Lady Agnew ofLochnaw by John Singer Sargent, will be die centerpiece of the National Gallery of Scotland's sumptuous exhibition during die 1997 Edinburgh Festival. The Portrait ofa Lady: Sargent and Lady Agnew will focus on Lady Agnew and her background and feature some forty works of art by Sargent and his contemporaries, as well as furniture and other memorabilia from the studio in which Sargent created his masterpieces. Bom in Florence, to American parents, Sargent (1856-1925) studied in Paris and by 1886 had moved to London, where the captivating Lady Agnew not only helped to establish his career as a portrait painter but also made die sitter into a society celebrity. The Portrait of a Lady will draw upon public and private collections in Britain, France and the United States, and include twenty-four magnificent portraits by Sargent himself, tracing the artist's development as a portraitist in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. Paintings by Sargent's contemporaries, ranging from Whistler and Muíais to Boldini, will help to place Sargent's painting in context ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, London ************************ Victorian Fairy Painting - Sackler Galleries • 13 November 1997 - 8 February 1998 · Victorian Fairy Painting explores die passion for fairies and die craze for the supernatural which took hold of artists and writers from the early nineteenth century to die outbreak of die first World War. The Victorian fascination with fairyland reflected a Shakespearean revival in the tiieatre, and developments in the romantic ballet with die introduction of fairy diemes. Plays and ballet at this time were enlivened by dramatic transformation scenes; in die tiieatre actors "flew" on wires, and the introduction of limelight in 1826 created eerie lighting effects. One section of the exhibition will illustrate die development of such stage effects in tiieatre, ballet and pantomime and will include designs for costumes and stage scenery. Many British painters were drawn to fairy diemes. Joshua Reynolds, William Blake, Henry Fuseli, Turner and die animal painter...


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