DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY 2015 PROGRAMME
Dulwich Picture Gallery have announced details of the Gallery’s 2015 programme which will include an extensive survey of watercolours by the celebrated artist and designer Eric Ravilious; an exhibition of drawings by the French Romantic painter Pierre-Paul Prud’hon; and a look at the astonishing prints of the Dutch graphic artist, Escher.
The Gallery’s major summer exhibition, ‘Ravilious’ (1 April – 31 August 2015), will be the first show to thoroughly examine Eric Ravilious’ output as watercolourist, a medium which he used to capture the atmosphere of peacetime and wartime England as well as to preserve the fleeting passage of time.
Curated by James Russell, a leading expert and author on the artist, the exhibition will showcase around 100 watercolours allowing us to assess Ravilious’ achievement as an artist of supreme skill.
Spanning his short but prolific career between 1925 and 1942, this exhibition, the first to focus on his watercolours, will reveal his artistic continuity and show how he integrated rather than abandoned his instincts and ideas when appointed as a war artist in 1940.
In June, Dulwich will stage the first UK display devoted to the painter and draughtsman Pierre-Paul Prud’hon (1758-1823), who, through his distinctive and unconventional vision, emerged as one of the most exceptional talents working in post-Revolutionary Paris.
Coinciding with London’s celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, ‘Prud’hon: Napoleon’s Draughtsman’ (23 June – 15 November 2015), will present a selection of 13 works on paper, celebrating Prud’hon as court artist to Napoleon and Joséphine Bonaparte.
Whether sketched quickly or finished to perfection, the drawings provide revealing insights into Prud’hon’s working processes, exploring the constant experimentation that led to the unique blend of Romantic expression and Neoclassical forms that marked him out amongst his contemporaries.
In the autumn the Gallery will stage the first major exhibition in the UK dedicated to the work of the Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher. Most famous for his ‘impossible constructions’ and explorations of infinity and paradox, Escher was one of the most famous artists of the 20th Century.
His architectural, mathematically accurate imagery is now part of our common visual language. Showcasing nearly 100 works from the collection of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in The Netherlands, ‘M. C. Escher’ (November 2015 – February 2016) provides an opportunity to rediscover an imaginative artist of exceptional technical ability, revealing the influence of his extensive travel on his work and his supreme skill as fine artist and master draughtsman.