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:

Walter Sickert in the 1920s and 30s

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).

Painterly Abstraction

During the post-war years, British artists looked to both Paris and New York for inspiration and in 1957 the Redfern Gallery, London mounted a pivotal exhibition, ‘Metavisual Tachiste Abstract: Painting in England Today’. This display brings together artists who took part in that exhibition such as Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron, William Gear, Denis Bowen, Terry Frost and Paul Feiler. It also includes works by international artists such as Sam Francis and Jean-Paul Riopelle. While making no formal links between their works, they all explored an attitude towards lyricism, flatness, gesture, colour, texture and a greater physically expressive approach to painting.

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.