101 years after Duncan Grant’s first solo show, look back at how his experiments in abstraction and post-impressionism scandalised and excited the public and critics in this special recreation of that same exhibition.
In 1920, when Grant’s first solo exhibition opened at the Paterson-Carfax Gallery in London, he was a rising star of the British avant-garde. Many works from the original show have been tracked down across the country and brought together for the first solo show of Grant’s work since his death in 1978. Over 30 paintings, some of which have not been seen for decades or in public before will be on display.
The collection of paintings show a real sense of freedom and energy from an artist at the top of his game. His landscapes, still-life works and portraits are light-filled and life affirming, depicting a visual freedom following the restrictions of wartime. Soldiers are replaced with flowers, trenches with farm buildings, and the destruction of conflict with creativity.
Painted at Charleston, Grant’s works record life in East Sussex and of the gradual transformation of the building to artists' home.