‘Painting is with me but another word for feeling’.
So John Constable told Archdeacon John Fisher in a letter in October 1821. If you visit the latest exhibition at The Lightbox in Woking, you will be able to see Constable’s innermost clandestine feelings expressed on the walls of the gallery.
Constable was one of the first artists of the Romantic Movement to view landscapes for their own beauty, rather than as a backdrop for a historical scene. He created his art directly from nature rather than from his imagination and he resisted the fashion of the day to piece together elements taken from nature to form a classical landscape.
An exhibition of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s work has opened at The Lightbox in Woking in Surrey.
The exhibition features paintings, sculpture, etchings, sketches and letters by Renoir, which illustrate the rise of his popularity. Renoir almost exploded into the art scene in 1874 when his work first came to the attention of British art collectors and two of his paintings were shown at an exhibition in London; in the same year six of his works featured in the first Impressionist exhibition in Paris. Since then, Renoir has become one of the most internationally acclaimed artists whose art is coveted by collectors in the UK and all over the world.
The Lightbox is the first regional gallery to bring
together a cohesive representation of the work of Renoir held in British collections. ‘Renoir in Britain’ includes loans from The National Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Ashmolean Museum, The British Museum and The Courtauld Gallery.
It’s a fantastic exhibition, I highly recommend a visit!
‘Renoir in Britain’ is at The Lightbox in Woking until 20th April 2014. Free entry (donations welcome)
Opening times:Tuesday to Saturday: 10.30am – 5.00pm Sunday: 11.00am – 5.00pm. The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking, Surrey. GU21 4AA
The Lightbox is also hosting a lecture on Thursday 27th March at 1pm by Christopher Riopelle, Curator of post-1800 paintings at the National Gallery on ‘Renoir’s Life and Legacy’ (£6 adults, £5 concessions. Advance booking required 01483 737837.)