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Dickinson gallery is pleased to exhibit a range of highlights at Masterpiece 2016, which will take place at the Royal Chelsea Hospital from 30th June – 6th July 2016. Among the Old Masters on view is a recently rediscovered Madonna and Child with Saint John by Sir Anthony van Dyck, which has descended in the same family since the ancestor of the present owner purchased it on his Grand Tour in Rome in 1775. Its fresh colouring, long hidden under an old varnish, and painterly brushwork highlight Van Dyck’s fascination with Titian. Exhibited nearby are an early, Titian-esque mythological scene by Turner and an atmospheric late watercolour; and a luminous, signed and dated still life on copper by Roelandt Savery.

Representing the 20th century is a 1916 Nature Morte by Juan Gris, one of the great innovators in the development of Cubism, alongside Picasso and Braque. During the war, Gris was experimenting with the bright colours and overlapping planar forms of Synthetic Cubism. Here, he also incorporates the pointillist dots of “Confetti” Cubism. This painting boasts an illustrious provenance, having been owned first by the dealer Léonce Rosenberg, a great supporter of Cubism; then passed through the gallery of Pierre Matisse, son of Henri; and finally entered the great American collection of Mrs. Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman. This picture hangs alongside works by other masters of Modern art, including Picasso and Léger; as well as classic examples of modern British art by Sutherland and Moore.

Among the Contemporary works on show is Tom Wesselmann’s provocative Pop Art 1962 plus 35 Nude Sketch II from 1997, its title reflecting its execution date thirty-five years after he made the original study as part of his Great American Nudes series. It hangs near Warhol’s Mao and an Abstraktes Bild by Richter. Also on view are iconic examples by Hirst, De Kooning, Alex Katz and Niki de Saint-Phalle.

The Van Dyck, Gris and Wesselmann are all featured in short videos available on simondickinson.com, and the Gris is also the subject of a dedicated scholarly brochure.



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