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:

The Passion in Modern Art (until 29 April 2018)

Drawn from the Gallery’s collection, the depictions of the crucifixion and resurrection represented in this display span the interwar war and post war period in which religious imagery became a way for artists to respond to the tragedy and horrors of war. Many artists have used the iconography of Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection to re-examine, challenge and re-employ the symbolism within contemporary contexts. Includes works by Graham Sutherland, Eric Gill, Patrick Caulfield and Hans Feibusch.

Walter Sickert in the 1920s and 30s (until 15 April 2018)

A celebration of Walter Sickert's works during the 1920s and 30s and in particular two paintings on long-term loan to the Gallery. 'The Wedding' (1924) and 'The Drawing Room' (1934). Alongside these are works from the Gallery's permanent collection, including Sickert's portrait of actor Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies in 'The Lady of the Lamp' (1932-34) and La Rue Pecquet, Dieppe (c.1922).

Post-war Abstract Landscape (until 29 July 2018)

After the Second World War, St Ives became a centre for the development of abstraction in British Art. The young artists who gathered there were deeply inspired by the surrounding landscape and evoked its structure, form, rhythm, colour and sensory engagement through their work. This display illustrates the development of post-war abstraction through works by significant artists of the St Ives School including Ben Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Sir Terry Frost, John Wells and Patrick Heron.

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.

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 Winifred Nicholson, Glyn Philpot and Matthew Smith.