Pallant House Gallery’s collection of Modern British art is often described as one of the best in the UK. We regularly change our curated displays to showcase key themes running through our collections which complement our temporary exhibitions.

Our key displays this season include:

Lucian Freud: Early Works

Celebrating three new long-term loans to the Gallery of early works by Lucian Freud, this display showcases works which reveal Freud’s sharp and meticulous early technique. The three newly loaned works - ‘Interior Scene’ (1948), ‘Girl with Fig Leaf’ (1948) and ‘Portrait of a Girl’ (1950) -  are accompanied by works from the Gallery’s permanent collection, including ‘Self-Portrait with Hyacinth in Pot’ (1947-48), ‘Portrait of John Craxton’ (c.1942) and ‘Unripe Tangerine’ (1946). The display also includes a selection of books featuring drawings and designs by Freud during the late forties and early fifties.

The Smith Brothers of Chichester

The sons of a Chichester tradesman, William, George and John Smith (known collectively as the Smith Brothers of Chichester), were all highly regarded painters of portraits, still-lives and landscapes in the 18th century. Through their representation of the English landscape they contributed greatly to the development of the Picturesque aesthetic in England in the mid-18th century.

British Surrealism

Surrealism was a subversive art movement that developed in Paris in the early 1920s, but flourished in Britain during the 1930s. This display features works by artists who took part in the first International Surrealist Exhibition in London in 1936 including Eileen Agar, Edward Burra, Merlyn Evans and Henry Moore.

Room with a View

Throughout the twentieth-century artists have created paintings of views through a window or door: the threshold between interior space and exterior landscape. As a framing device the window has long served a metaphor for painting itself but in modern art the view through a window or door has also enabled artists to cross boundaries between outside and inside. It has even allowed them to cross between genres of art: several of the works in this display combine domestic still life with landscape views. Works on display include pieces by John Armstrong, Paul and John Nash and EQ Nicholson.

Post-War Portraiture

Throughout the 20th century a form of figurative art based on perception of the human figure has endured in British art. In the period after the Second World War British art schools were the focus for new developments in painting. Works on display include portraits by William Coldstream, Graham Sutherland, John Minton, David Bomberg and Victor Willing.