Richard Green at Masterpiece

This year the Royal Academy, which put British art on a professional footing, celebrates its 250 anniversary. Richard Green’s theme at Masterpiece is the Best of British from our Shores and Beyond, acknowledging that Britain has always been an open nation, welcoming artistic talent from beyond its borders and being deeply influenced by other cultures.

Among the highlights is Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer’s lavish, baroque Flowers in a gilt urn, painted by a French artist who beautified the seats of the British aristocracy, including the Duke of Montagu’s Boughton. The supreme exponents of British Romanticism, John Constable and JMW Turner – both prominent Royal Academicians – are represented with highly characteristic works. Constable’s oil painting View from the back of a terrace of houses with an elder tree, c.1820-21, is an intense, intimate study of a tiny patch of land, while Turner’s watercolour Malmesbury Abbey, c.1827, is a panoramic view filled with historical resonance.

Hungarian by birth, Philip de László found fame and fortune as the chronicler of British High Society, in such glamorous portraits as Lady Grandy, 1937. Laurence Stephen Lowry, RA, by contrast, inimitably and affectionately portrayed his working class, industrial North of England neighbours in works such as the vibrant Lytham Pier, 1945.

Of ancient Welsh ancestry, French-taught and Suffolk-domiciled, Sir Cedric Morris was a gentle revolutionary, who portrayed flowers – that seemingly conservative subject – in a startling and superb new way. Still life in doorway, 1942, is an elegant, witty example of his unique vision.

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Thursday, 28 June, 2018 -
Wednesday, 4 July, 2018

South Grounds,
The Royal Hospital Chelsea,
London SW3 4LW

PHILIP ALEXIUS DE LÁSZLÓ

Henri Fantin-Latour

Charles Tattershall Dodd

Anna Airy

John Atkinson Grimshaw

Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris, 9th Bt.

Sir Alfred Munnings

Laurence Stephen Lowry

Henri Fantin-Latour

Sir Alfred Munnings

Camille Pissarro

John Constable

Alfred Sisley

Eugene Boudin

Frank Gascoigne Heath

Alfred Sisley

John Frederick Herring Snr

PHILIP ALEXIUS DE LÁSZLÓ

Sir Alfred Munnings

Joseph Mallord William Turner

Jean Baptiste Monnoyer

Thomas Hudson

Claude Joseph Vernet

PHILIP ALEXIUS DE LÁSZLÓ

Eugene Boudin

Edward Seago

Henry Pether

George Romney

Tobias Stranover

Thomas Girtin

Thomas Girtin

Patrick William Adam

Henri Fantin-Latour

Sir Alfred Munnings

Peter Tillemans

Peter Monamy

Sir Francis Grant