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Right Anne Redpath (1896-1965) The Pink Ta b l e, 1948. Courtesy the Fleming Collection © The Artist’s Estate

Below right Anne Redpath (1896-1965) Still Life - The Orange Chair, c.1944. Courtesy the Fleming Collection © The Artist’s Estate

1In the shadows The darker side of the Suffolk artist John Constable (1776-1837) is explored in a new exhibition opening in Hampshire this month.

Below far right Anne Redpath (1896-1965) Window in Menton, 1948. Courtesy the Fleming Collection © The Artist’s Estate. All Rights Reserved 2019/ Bridgeman Images.

John Constable: The Dark Side, on at The Arc in Winchester from May 26 to August 16, considers the artist’s obsession with the chiaroscuro of nature – the contrast between light and dark – and how he used it in his landscapes.

Known for his bucolic 1821 painting, The Hay Wain, the Suffolk artist was, in reality, plagued with anxiety: his wife, Maria, died from tuberculosis aged 41 leaving him in sole charge of seven children aged between 11 years and 11 months. Concerns about their health, happiness and education dominated the later part of his life. Above left John to see in May3

Constable (1776-1837) Weymouth Bay, 1816 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Left John Constable (1776-1837) Rainstorm over the Sea, c. 1824-1828 © Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer: John Hammond

3Tale of two cities Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex this month unveils the first major exhibition of the artist Gwen John (1876–1939) in 20 years. Running 13 May to October 8, Gwen John: Art and Life in London and Paris brings together more than 120 works, as well as previously unseen archival material and personal belongings of the artist.

The exhibition traces John’s 40-year career, from her early years in the late 1890s at the Slade School of Fine Art in London to her training under James Abbott McNeill Whistler at the Académie Carmen in Paris, the city she moved to in 1904.

The exhibition will also explore the relationship of her work to that of her brother, Augustus John, and Auguste Rodin – with whom she had a 10-year affair.

Below Gwen John [18761939) Dorelia in a Black Dress, c.1903-1904, oil on canvas, Tate

Below right Gwen John [1876-1939) Landscape at Tenby with Figures, c.1896-1897, oil on board, Tenby Museum and Art Gallery Collection

Below far right Gwen John [1876-1939) Autoportrait à la Lettre, (Self-Portrait with a letter), c.1907-1909, pencil and watercolour, Musée Rodin

2 Right Redpath A Northumberland gallery this month hosts an exhibition on the life and art of Anne Redpath (1896-1965) one of Scotland’s finest mid-20th century artists.

The exhibition, Anne Redpath and her Circle at the Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed, from May 20 to October 8, is the first dedicated UK show of her work in 15 years.

Redpath’s formative years were spent in Edinburgh and the south of France where she painted alongside the well-known Scottish Colourists Samuel Peploe and Leslie Hunter.

Returning to the Scottish Borders in 1934, a single mother of three children, and penniless, she moved to Edinburgh in 1949, becoming an important standard bearer for the group which is now known as the Edinburgh School.


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