After a visit to HOME, a modern venue, it was interesting to see what Manchester Art Gallery had on show.
I had heard about the Impressionist exhibition but had never heard of the artist Wynford Dewhust.
"A controversial figure on the Anglo-French art scene at the turn of the twentieth century, Wynford Dewhurst is most famous for his 1908 work The Picnic, in the collection of Manchester Art Gallery. He was born in Manchester in 1864 and began his career studying law. He moved to Paris at the relatively advanced age of 27 to train as an artist, returning to France throughout his life to paint in the valleys of the Seine and the Creuse in the style of Claude Monet, who became his principal mentor. This exhibition brings together a large selection of Dewhurst’s shimmering paintings with archival photographs and documents to reintroduce the painter to his native city".
I was impressed with the fact that this was an exhibition featuring landscapes, one of my favourite themes and one that doesn't seem to be favoured by galleries at the moment.
A wide range of work, although it was easy to see at times whose style he was imitating, that did detract from the work at times.
Well worth a visit and hopefully the start of a revival in the galleries of landscape paintings.