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Photograph showing a woman with long dark hair looking at a drawing of a nude woman combing her hair by Degas


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Ina row at the top are five portraits of bikini clad women in the Pop art style. In the bottom left is an image of a blonde woman, her face circled with a pink circle. On the right is a pink portfolio entitled 'Baby Baby Wild Things'.

Gerald Laing, Baby Baby Wild Things & Brigitte Bardot (1968)

Purchased with the support of the Art Fund and Pallant House Gallery Acquisitions Fund (2018).

Acquired following our spring 2018 exhibition POP! Art in a Changing Britain, this iconic portfolio is the first example of Gerald Laing’s work to be added to our permanent collection.

Capturing the glamour of 1960s actresses and models, Laing used the formal aspects of mass-media photography, especially the Ben-Day dots. This brought him into close alignment with the bold simplicity of American pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Indiana (for whom he worked briefly as an assistant in 1963).

His iconography used images of starlets, film stars, astronauts and racing car drivers from mass media sources, characteristically presented in flat colour shapes have been described as ‘pure pop’.

A painting by Christopher Wood depicting a brown and white spotted dog sitting in a red chair next to a china spaniel. An open window looks out on to a fishing boat and lighthouse out at sea

China Dogs in a St Ives Window by Christopher Wood

Purchased with the assistance from The Art Fund, the Arts Council England/Victoria & Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of Pallant House Gallery

A much loved and important painting in the collection, China Dogs in a St Ives Window by Christopher Wood had been on long-term loan to us from a private collection since 2009. We were able to permanently acquire the painting thanks to funds from The Art Fund, the Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund,  the Friends of Pallant House Gallery Acquisitions Fund and the generous support of our Friends and members of the public.

The painting has since been conserved, ensuring that future generations will be able to enjoy this significant work of British art. Created by Christopher Wood, an artist whose life and work occupies a significant position in the story of 20th century British art, China Dogs in a St Ives Window demonstrates a pivotal turning point in his artistic development. It marks the formation of his deliberately ‘naïve’ figurative style which was highly influential to his peers in Britain during the late 1920s. Like many of the paintings Wood created in St Ives, it draws upon a specific folk culture based on Cornish fishing traditions, giving the painting a close association with British history and national life.

Find out more about Christopher Wood’s life and art with our 2016 exhibition, Christopher Wood: Sophisticated Primitive

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