The Permanent Collection on display in the John Madejski Fine RoomsAnthony Green RA: The Life and Death of Miss Dupont
18 January to 30 April 2017
Tennant Gallery, Burlington House.
Complimentary entry with a valid Royal Academy exhibition ticket or £3 General Admission ticket. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.
Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-6pm. Closed Monday.
The paintings of Anthony Green RA (b. 1939) are immediately recognisable from their characteristic irregular shapes and the artist's acutely personal subject-matter. This exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of his election as a Royal Academician in 1977.
The centrepiece of this exhibition, shown for the very first time, is a three-metre-tall painting, The Fur Coat, “Hazana”. It tells the story of Anthony Green’s mother’s second marriage, seen through his eyes as her thirteen-year-old only child. Green has worked on the recently finished painting since 2005.
It incorporates a life-size figure of his mother, Madeleine Dupont, complete with mink coat, silk scarf and handbag, and contains a fragment salvaged from a destroyed work of 1963. Three-dimensional works extend the painting; drawings and watercolours reveal the process of its making; and documents and photographs add to the story. More ...
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Current displays include paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Thomas Lawrence, John Constable, Benjamin West and William Wyllie. There is also a chance to see W.P. Frith's Private View at the Royal Academy 1881 (on loan from the Pope Family Trust) alongside works by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, G.F. Watts and Briton Riviere. >More ...
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Royal Academy Winter Exhibition Catalogues now online
The Royal Academy of Arts Winter loan Exhibition catalogues from their inception in 1870 to 1939 have been digitised and are now available to search and browse online.
For the first 100 years of its existence, the Royal Academy organised just one exhibition each year, the annual, Summer exhibition. It wasn’t until 1870, coinciding with its move to Burlington House, that the RA began organising an annual loan exhibition of Old Masters and works by recently deceased British artists, known from its inception and for many years as the Winter Exhibition. After World War 1 the Winter Exhibitions programme became far more ambitious and included major surveys of Italian, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, French, Persian and British art. Also for the first time, illustrated catalogues were produced.
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Artist of the Month - March 2017
The painter Laura Knight (née Johnson) was born on 4 August 1877 at Long Eaton, Derbyshire. She was a voracious artist from a very young age, writing in her autobiography, The Magic of a Line (1965), that 'I had loved pencil and paper to be thrust through the bars of my cradle'. After her father left, Laura's mother provided for the family through teaching art in Nottingham, and early on spotted her daughter's talent. Laura trained at the Nottingham School of Art from 1890 to 1895 where she met her future husband, the painter Harold Knight RA (1874-1961). The couple married in 1903.>More....
Object of the Month - March 2017
In her autobiography A Look at my Life (1988), Eileen Agar said that as an artist 'one must have a hunger for new colour, new shapes and new possibilities of discovery'. The lyricism and vibrant colouring of Collective Unconscious is representative of her late work. The composition combines Surrealist elements with its abstracted 'cut-out' forms and painterly surface. Grid-like geometry is disrupted with diagonal lines and organic forms. >More....
Benjamin West PRA - History Painter to the King
Watch a series of interviews in which Loyd Grossman and Curators from the Collection discuss Benjamin West’s meteoric career, his apocalyptic subjects and a satirical print which reveals how West and other Academicians were duped into buying a fake manuscript which purported to reveal the secret techniques of the Old Masters. More>
Royal Academy Collections awarded Designation StatusThe Collection, Library and Archives of the Royal Academy have been awarded national Designation status, identifying them as pre-eminent in their field and recognising their international importance. Designation is a mark of excellence, not only for the collection but also for the institution since, it must demonstrate its ability to care for a collection of national importance. The award places the RA’s collections on a par with other non-national museums, such as the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Courtauld Institute.