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Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex

March 29, 2016

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Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex

This exhibition, curated by Gwen Yarker and at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) in Clifton, Bristol until 12th June, has Hardy at its heart.  The title comes from Tess of the d’Urbervilles and the Introductory panel as you enter the exhibition is about Thomas Hardy and his Wessex. Yarker argues that Hardy’s encouragement of and influence on, the many artists from the Slade School of Art, who, responding to the persuasion of Dorset born John Everett, came to Dorset to paint the landscape; was central to their success.

Covering the period between 1880 and 1914, the Exhibition begins with the Impressionist work of Philip Wilson Steer and Henry Tonks, shows us much of the prolific Everett and several of his contemporaries and concludes with Augustus John and Vanessa Bell.  This is a finely presented feast of Wessex landscape and Wessex art, with Hardy’s presence throughout.  There is also a beautiful but inexpensive accompanying book, by Gwen Yarker.


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