The Telegraph: A Return to the Limelight for England's Michelangelo

Posted by Admin on 27 Apr 2011, 1:07 p.m.

'The Watts Gallery has just been superbly restored and refurbished during a two-and-a-half year closure'

I had a sneak preview the other day with its director Perdita Hunt and curator Mark Bills and was blown away. The place feels fresh and revitalised after its £11 million restoration and Watts comes across as a major artist, who ranges from social realism to the sumptuously imaginative. At times he even seems to anticipate abstract expressionism. There are tremendous sculptures, too, including the huge original model of his thrilling equine study Physical Energy, a bronze of which stands in Kensington Gardens, and a 12ft tall Tennyson.

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