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Modèle assise dans un fauteuil, se coiffant by Édouard Vuillard
Accepted by HM Government in Lieu of Inheritance Tax from the estate of Lord Hutchinson and allocated to Pallant House Gallery 2019
This beautiful oil painting by Édouard Vuillard is a significant new addition to our collection. It joins other examples of continental artworks by artists including Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, André Derain, Pablo Picasso and Gino Severini, helping us explore the links between British and continental artists throughout the 20th century. Until this acquisition, Vuillard had only been represented in the collection by a lithograph left to the Gallery in the Kearley Bequest through the Art Fund in 1989.
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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’.
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.