What to see this week: Artist exhibitions
Wynford Dewhurst: Manchester’s Monet is at Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, until April 23, 2017 (0161–245 8888; www.manchesterartgallery.org) Large selection of paintings by Impressionist artist and controversial art theorist Wynford Dewhurst (1864–1941), whose book Impressionist Painting, Its Genesis and Development (1904) became notorious for its insistence that the English landscape tradition of Constable and Turner was at the root of modern French painting. Accompanied by a mono- graph, this is the first retrospective of Dewhurst’s work since his death.
John Burningham: an illustrator for all ages is at Chris Beetles, 8 & 10, Ryder Street, St James’s, London SW1, until January 7, 2017 (www.chrisbeetles.com; 020–7839 7551). Since the 1960s, John Burningham has been delighting children and adults with his illustrated books, many of which feature ‘solid, indi- vidual, resourceful animals, who may be anthropomorphic but are rarely if ever sentimentalised,’ as David Wootton writes in his introduction to the accompanying fully illustrated catalogue.
The qualities of Mr Burningham’s work, which Maurice Sendak once described as ‘stunning, luscious, sexy, hilarious, mysterious and frequently just plain nuts’, shine out in this selling exhibition, as do his delight in travel and nature, exemplified by Through Leaves in the Autumn (above) from his latest book Motor Miles.
Victor Pasmore: Towards a New Reality is at Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University Park, Nottingham, until
Portrait of the Artist is at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London SW1, until April 17, 2017 (030–3123 7334; www. royalcollection.org.uk) The changing image of the artist is explored through paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and the decorative arts in the Royal Collection, accompanied by a book of the same title.
More than 200 of John Burningham's illustrations are for sale