What to see this week
‘David Bomberg: A Sense of Place’ at Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, East Sussex, until September 11 ( above, 01323 434670; www.townereastbourne.org. uk). Bomberg (1890–1957) was the son of Polish-jewish immigrants who moved to the East End of London in the 1890s and was taught by Sickert and at the Slade. Now regarded as a pioneering early Modernist, he painted many expressionistic landscapes reflecting his experiences of both World Wars and his travels in 1920s– 1950s Spain, Cyprus and Palestine. The 40 or so on show here span his career, which was largely overlooked until the major Tate retrospective in 1988. The Pastel Society at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington, Hampshire, until September 10 (01590 676969; www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk). A selling exhibition of works by members of the Pastel Society, which was created in 1898, with G. F. Watts, George Clausen and William Holman Hunt among its founding members. A rare opportunity to view pictures by society members outside London.
‘Galloway Pictures & 20th Century Scottish Art’ at the Harbour Cottage Gallery, Castle Bank, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway (01557 330073; www.fasedinburgh.com). The longest-established art gallery in this ‘artists’ town’ hosts its first collaboration with the Fine Art Society in Edinburgh —a selling show of works by local 19th- and 20th-century artists, such as William Robson, E. A. Taylor and Cecile Walton, and paintings by Glasgow Boys, Scottish Colourists and Edinburgh School artists, all with links to Galloway.
‘Exploring Beauty—watercolour Diaries from the Wild’ at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro until November 12 ( 01872 272205 www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk). The importance of preserving unspoilt wild landscapes and the relationship between art and Nature underpin this exhibition of some of the most beautiful wildernesses on Earth. Sir David Attenborough and other luminaries nominated the places and Cornwall-based Tony Foster then undertook arduous journeys to paint them en plein air. The collection is owned by the Foster Art and Wilderness Foundation in Palo Alto, California, which promotes the preservation of wild places.