Programme of the Watts 200 anniversary year
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'The exhibition is a fitting tribute to Watts from a twenty-first-century perspective. Seen by some as a flawed genius, his formal experimentations are too complex to allow simple dismissal according to Modernist values. The works of art displayed here not only celebrate Watts's endeavour to capture deep ideas in meaningful form, but also continue to offer inspiration to audiences today.'
Matthew C Potter, The Burlington Magazine, October 2017
'When one considers the simplistic moralising to be found in so many supposedly avant-garde works being made and exhibited right now, Watts does seem surprisingly contemporary.'
Edward Lucie-Smith, Artlyst, 6 July 2017
'The electrifying power of Watts... A huge figure in his Victorian heyday, George Frederick Watts is celebrated in a show of his greatest works, many on loan from around the world.'
Mark Hudson, The Daily Telegraph, 17 June 2017
'Exalted in his day - and without a hint of irony - as our homegrown Michelangelo, Watts is best known for his lurid symbolic dramas with a campaigning message.'
Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times, 10 June 2017