Monday, 28 November 2016

The Mythic Method

I do recommend visiting the Pallant House Gallery to see their exhibition entitled The Mythic Method- Classicism in British Art 1920-1950. It's a fascinating exhibition with an amazing accumulation of 100 works by 40 different artists. Classicism is defined as: 'the following of ancient Greek or Roman principles and style in art and literature, generally associated with harmony, restraint, and adherence to recognized standards of form and craftsmanship, especially from the Renaissance to the 18th century'.
There are some fabulous paintings in the exhibition, particular favourites are those by Edward Burra, Duncan Grant and William Roberts. There were a couple of strange labellings, in one case, there were books with illustrations by John Farleigh and Eric Gill, but only John Farleigh was mentioned. In another, by my least favourite painting, 'Psyche on the Styx', the backs of the oarsmen are described as 'fleshy' when they seem the opposite. Small perplexing points which didn't affect my overall enjoyment of the visit.
Photos couldn't be taken in the exhibition, but I did find a good shot of the birds at the front of the old building taken from the side in profile:

 The poster for the exhibition features 'The Day's End' by Ernest Procter.

And the book which accompanies the exhibition is well worth buying as well. The exhibition runs until 19 February 2017.

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