Exhibitions of modern French art and their influence on collectors in Britain 1870–1918: the Davies sisters in context
Author: Korn, Madeleine
Source: Journal of the History of Collections, Volume 16, Number 2, November 2004 , pp. 191-218(28)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:This article examines the context in which two exhibitions took place: the ‘Loan Exhibition of Paintings’, held in Cardiff and Bath in 1913; and ‘The Pictures, Prints and Art Objects in the Permanent and Loan Collection’, held at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath in 1918. It was to these two shows that Gwendoline and Margaret Davies lent a number of modern foreign works. These two exhibitions are considered in relation to the history of the British public's exposure to modern French art and their influence on British collectors. It will be argued that the 1913 exhibition, which included works by the French Impressionists, was not the first but one of a series of public displays of French Impressionism in Britain dating back to 1870, while the 1918 exhibition was much more innovative through its inclusion of Post-Impressionist art.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: November 2004
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