Cap­i­tal events this win­ter

This sea­son’s Lon­don gallery shows brighten the gloom with a se­lec­tion of fine paint­ings, con­tem­po­rary pho­tog­ra­phy, ce­ram­ics and art from an­cient civil­i­sa­tions

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WITH the canapé sea­son now in full swing, it is go­ing to be hard to do jus­tice to all the gallery shows in Lon­don let alone else­where, al­though sev­eral will run on into, or even through, Jan­uary, which may en­liven that rather drab month. I men­tion a few here, not in or­der of im­por­tance or even pref­er­ence, but by date of clo­sure.

De­spite his name and spend­ing much of his ca­reer in Paris, Al­fred Stevens (1823–1906) was ac­tu­ally a rather fa­mous Bel­gian. His con­sid­er­able suc­cess was off­set by poor fi­nan­cial man­age­ment and, af­ter his death, he was for­got­ten in France, ac­cord­ing to his cham­pi­ons at John Mitchell Fine Paint­ings, Avery Row, W1 (www.john­mitchell. net), be­cause he was not French. It was also to do with chang­ing fash­ion and be­cause his style falls between the Pre-raphaelites and his friends the Im­pres­sion­ists. How­ever, he was a very fine painter and his time is com­ing again.

The Mitchell show of 22 works, to De­cem­ber 16, in­cludes one of his ‘Mappe­monde’ series at £185,000. I would sug­gest that, as the series be­gan in 1860, the young woman con­tem­plat­ing the Amer­i­cas on the globe (Fig 3) has re­ceived news from the French cam­paign in Mexico. Other works range from £20,000 to £50,000.

Also un­til De­cem­ber 16, the Sul­ger-buel Lovell Gallery in South­wark, SE1 (www.sul­ger­buel-lovell.com), has a show of very im­pres­sive pho­to­graphs by David Lurie of ur­ban life in Cape Town. The gallery spe­cialises in con­tem­po­rary art from the African con­ti­nent and the African di­as­pora.

Un­til De­cem­ber 23, Jonathan Cooper’s gallery in Park Walk, Chelsea (www.jonathancooper. co.uk), will glow with Tim Hay­ward’s re­mark­able wa­ter­colours of birds and some an­i­mals. As the gallery puts it: ‘Hay­ward ap­proaches his sub­ject with an ac­cu­racy born of years of study, and a dra­matic in­ten­sity that is cin­e­matic in spirit.’

In Crown Pas­sage, between King Street and Pall Mall, SW1, Ru­pert Wace An­cient Art (www. ru­pertwace.co.uk) has scoured cup­boards and draw­ers for more than 100 ob­jects from an­cient civil­i­sa­tions to tempt re­fined present buy­ers. High­lights in­clude Ro­man bronze an­i­mal brooches (Fig 4); Egyp­tian faience amulets, in­clud­ing a col­lec­tion of minia­ture frogs; Dan­ish Ne­olithic flint and stone tools; and wear­able an­cient jew­ellery, in­clud­ing rings, neck­laces (Fig 2) and pen­dants.

This year, to com­ple­ment the an­tiq­ui­ties, beau­ti­ful black-and­white pho­to­graphs by Robert Mccabe of the 1950s ex­ca­va­tions at Myce­nae and copies of the re­cently pub­lished Myce­nae from Myth to His­tory are also for sale.

It would be wise to check Christ­mas clo­sures for ex­hi­bi­tions con­tin­u­ing into the New Year. One such is Piano No­bile’s cel­e­bra­tion of ‘Daisies and Nudes’ (Fig 1) from Wil­liam Cold­stream (1908–87) and his pupil Euan Uglow (1932–2000), which con­tin­ues to Jan­uary 14, 2017, in Port­land Road, W11 (www. piano-no­bile.com). Also un­til Jan­uary 14, Dutko, the Paris Art Deco gallery now also es­tab­lished in Davies Street, W1 (www. dutko.com), has re­cent work by Béa­trice Casadesus, a con­tem­po­rary French artist. The ti­tle, ‘Pluies d’or’, comes from the drib­bles of gold,

Fig 4 be­low:

Fig 3 above: ‘Mappe­monde’ by Al­fred Stevens. With Mitchell Fine Paint­ings. Pea­cock brooch. With Ru­pert Wace.

Fig 1 above: Seated Nude by Euan Uglow. At Piano No­bile. Fig 2 right: Egyp­tian neck­lace. With Ru­pert Wace

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