In addition to the exhibitions, I’m also looking to visit smaller galleries in search of a certain number of artists I am interested in: Christopher Nevinson, David Bomberg, Paul Nash and Stanley Spencer.Leamington Spa Gallery was my first attempt – they have a Spencer and a Nevinson in their collection. It would be easy to call them to find out if they are on display, but that takes the fun out of this odyssey. So, on the way back from Bedford, I stopped off at the Royal Pump Rooms.
STRIKE 1-no Nevinson or Spencer, which was a shame…
but there was a lovely Vanessa Bell called ‘A Venetian Window’ from 1926:
This was sumptuous in terms of colouring but it was hidden away a little. The card said “her paintings tend to be beautifully composed and often contemplative” and I think this is a perfect example of that. There is something about a window that gives so many artists the opportunity to reveal a perect world and this is no exception.
STRIKE 2: New Walk Art Gallery, Leicester.
Decided to contact this gallery prior to a visit I have planned for next week. There are two Nevinsons in their collection, Oxford on the Cherwell and One Summer’s Day:
Alas, They are not on display either, so today was a make or break situation in Coventry.
Herbert Museum and Art Gallery has a number of paintings that I would love to see, so would today be more successful…?
One room-and several moments of smiles, sighs and ‘yes!’ moments. Amongst others, there was a lovely Nevinson, a fabulous Nash, a melancholic Lowry and the most gorgeous Bomberg that will get its own post shortly!
The joy of going along with uncertainty of whether or not I will see a certain work of art outweighs the disappointment of the work not being out. Think the next few weeks will be a lot of fun -will she, won’t she?