24 February – 5 June 2016
G F Watts began painting landscapes in the 1840s and continued to experiment with the art form until late in his life. Watts was first inspired to explore landscapes during his visits to Italy in the 1840s, while his later landscape paintings were inspired by his travels with his wife Mary through Europe, Egypt and the Mediterranean in the 1880s. His latest and most emotional landscapes from the 1890s were inspired by the Surrey countryside where he and Mary built their home, Limnerslease, and where Watts Gallery – Artists' Village is situated today.
For the first time, a display of twenty of Watts's landscapes can be viewed together in a single curated space. The perfect complement to the permanent collection and the Poetry in Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of Marie Spartali Stillman exhibition, Watts's unique artistic style and sculptural use of paint comes through in his beautiful and intense landscapes from Egypt to the peaks of the Alps to the heart of the Surrey hills.