This Other Eden

EXHIBITION AT THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

2nd May to 5th July 1998

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This Other Eden - British Painting from the Paul Mellon Collection at Yale represents 400 years of British Painting which unfolds the distinctive story of British art from the early 17th century to the mid 20th century. British Painting demonstrates the grand traditions of European landscape art and portraiture, Classicism, Romanticism and the English passion for nature and sport and the growing fascination with the inspiring power of the sublime in nature.

Drawn from the most comprehensive and richest collection of British art unrivaled outside the United Kingdom, the Paul Mellon Collection from Yale, the exhibition features many of Britain's greatest artists such as Constable, Turner, Gainsborough, Reynolds, and Stubbs, among others. Composed of many rich themes, British Painting's tour to Australia is a rare opportunity to gain an insight into one of the great benefactors, and one of the most adventurous collectors of British art in modern times, Paul Mellon.

Paul Mellon's fascination with British life and history has led to the collection of some of the most memorable works of art ever produced in the British Isles. The period sees the emergence of a distinctive British school through the forceful mind and personality of William Hogarth and his contemporaries who saw that their art could be shaped and made vivid by asserting present-day English realities and conditions. The middle part of the 18th century ushers in the great age of British portraiture, with fine portraits ranging from the grand manner of Sir Joshua Reynolds to the sensitive and sympathetic depiction of human sensibility. It was a confident age, reflecting a society assured of its place in the world.

The changes from the 18th to the 19th Century to the romantic passion of Turner, Constable and Bonnington, represents one of the most powerful and stirring elements in the collection. The transition remains one of the great shifts of European civilisation, in both the understanding of the nature of man and the relationship of man to the natural world. British art mirrors this shift more vividly than any other national school and it remains one of the chief glories of the Paul Mellon Collection. This Other Eden - British Painting is an exhibition of some of the most significant works in the history of British art.

THIS OTHER EDEN - BRITISH PAINTING

2 May to 5 July, 1998.
Hours daily
10am to 5pm
Admission: $12/$7 Member, Concession.
What's On Line: (02) 9225 1790 Enquiries (02) 9225 1744
Internet: www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au. Sponsored by Spike Wireless.
Membership: (02) 9225 1878
Parking Visitors to This Other Eden receive a special rate of $8 per day weekdays at the Domain Parking Station.
Touring to the Queensland Art Gallery 16 July to 6 September 1998 and the Art Gallery of South Australia 17 September to 15 November 1998.

 

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