Art Life

Wok­ing’s The Light­box show­cases a se­lec­tion of French Im­pres­sion­ist work from the late 19th and early 20th cen­tury

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Spot­light on lo­cal artists, ex­hi­bi­tions and art­works

The Light­box, Wok­ing presents Im­pres­sion­ism: The Art of Life show­cas­ing French Im­pres­sion­ist paint­ings and sculp­ture from early 1860s to to the be­gin­ning of the First World War.

Works in­cluded by renowned artists such as Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas and Pierre-au­gust Renoir, all of whom ex­hib­ited in the first Im­pres­sion­ist group ex­hi­bi­tion in France. The idyl­lic French land­scape was a fit­ting sub­ject for their spon­ta­neous method of work­ing.

Michael Re­gan, cu­ra­tor of the ex­hi­bi­tion says, “The ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cuses on the Im­pres­sion­ists’ in­ter­est in record­ing ac­tual scenes of daily life as they hap­pened. The show in­cludes not only paint­ing and draw­ing, but also sculp­ture, it there­fore pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to see the work of rarely-shown French sculp­tors of the pe­riod.”

Paint­ings and sculp­tures will span four key themes re­lated to ev­ery­day oc­cur­rences: ma­ter­nity, leisure, work and the home.

Por­trai­ture by Au­guste Rodin and Pierre Bon­nard cel­e­brate women as moth­ers and car­ers in in­ti­mate stud­ies, with Renoir’s oil pant­ing, A Woman Nurs­ing a Child dat­ing back to 1894.

Ru­ral scenes such as ap­plepick­ing in the sun­shine by Camille Pis­sarro balance along­side ex­tra­or­di­nary sculp­tures by Dalou de­pict­ing the ur­ban labourer.

At The Light­box, Chob­ham Road, Wok­ing GU21 4AA from Sat­ur­day, Septem­ber 29 to Sun­day, Jan­uary 13, 2019. Tel: 01483 737800 Web: the­light­box.org.uk

Can’t make it to The Light­box dur­ing the day? En­joy new free en­try (usu­ally £5) to all ex­hi­bi­tions ev­ery Thurs­day evening from 5pm to 8.30pm. From con­tem­po­rary sculp­tures to iconic mod­ern Bri­tish paint­ings, un­wind after work in the midst of cel­e­brated art­works and grab a drink or bite at Sea­sons Café, where on Thurs­day’s you can en­joy four cour­ses of tasty tapas for just £18.50.

With Tinx New­ton. A round-up of must-see ex­hi­bi­tions, lead­ing lo­cal artists and the best pub­lic works of art

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