William Orpen: Method & Mastery

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19 November 2019 - 23 February 2020
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William Orpen: Method & Mastery
19 November 2019 - 23 February 2020
Free with admission | Friends free

Celebrated for his career as an official war artist, the Irish-born painter Sir William Orpen KBE RA (1878 – 1931) is best known for his rapid and expressive painting style. President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters from 1924 – 1930, Orpen became one of the leading portraitists of his age.

Featuring a selection of striking portraits alongside closely observed pencil studies and anatomical drawings, this exhibition provides new insights into Orpen's evolving and innovative artistic process, underpinned by new research and technical analysis of his techniques and materials.

Inspired by the perceptible significance of artist studios, this exhibition will situate Orpen's work within the evocative space of 'Oriel', William Orpen's studio at South Bolton Gardens, London. In an examination of Orpen's evolving and experimental artistic practice, this exhibition will re-examine his fascination with light and space throughout his career.

Watts Gallery Trust is deeply grateful to the Exhibition Circle for their support of this exhibition.


Banner image: The Studio (oil on canvas), Orpen, William (1878-1931) Leeds Museums and Galleries (Leeds Art Gallery) U.K. Bridgeman Image.

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Exhibition Tour: William Orpen
Tuesdays, 3 & 17 December, 7 & 21 January,
4 & 18 February
2 - 2.45pm
Admission + £5 | Friends £4.50

Image: William Orpen, R.A. Le Chef de l'Hôtel Chatham, Paris, ca. 1921. Oil on canvas. Photo credit: ©Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer: John Hammond.

Join an expert guide to explore the drawings and paintings of William Orpen, with an opportunity to ask questions and look at works in closer detail.

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Image: William Orpen, R.A. Le Chef de l'Hôtel Chatham, Paris, ca. 1921. Oil on canvas. Photo credit: ©Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer: John Hammond.

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