London Museums ’19

And on to London where the museum offerings for the year are ever exciting. Here’s a peek at a few exhibits that have caught our fancy.

Soralla @ The National Gallery

“I hate darkness,” said Spanish Impressionist painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. “Claude Monet once said that painting in general did not have light enough in it. I agree with him. We painters, however, can never reproduce sunlight as it really is. I can only approach the truth of it.”

The ‘Master of Light,’ who lived between 1863–1923, will be featured in his first UK exhibit for a century –  Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light. The exhibition includes more than 60 works, and runs from March 18th to July 7th.

Strolling along the Seashore. 1909

Skipping Rope, La Granja. 1907

Types from Salamanca. 1912

Dior @ the V& A

Tickets are flying off the screen for Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at the V&A. On until July 14th, it includes work from the couturier dating back to 1947. In his Little Book of Fashion, Dior, who died in 1957, said: ‘Don’t buy much but make sure that what you buy is good.’

The V&A exhibit has much good and rare in his 200 featured Haute Couture garments, along with accessories, illustrations, magazine covers, vintage perfumes, Dior’s personal possessions..

Palais de Glace Dress. 1957, Paris. Photographer Mark Shaw

Grace Kelly in Dior. Vogue


Van Gogh @ Tate Britain

Also generating much excitement is Van Gogh at Tate Britain. Running from March 27th to August 11th, this exhibit brings together 45 major works, including many of Van Gogh’s most famous. Van Gogh And Britain is a tribute to the time the young Dutch Van Gogh spent living in Britain, admiring artists like John Constable, Sir John Everett Millais, Charles Dickens.

Self Portrait, Autumn. 1889

Starry Night on the Rhône

Sunflowers. 1888

Prisoners Exercising. 1890

Van Gogh And Britain pays the artistic inspiration forward by including artists that were inspired by Van Gogh, such as Francis Bacon and David Bomberg.

Francis Bacon. Study for Portrait of Van Gogh IV. 1957

Some other interesting London ’19 exhibits are:

Hyon Gyon @ Parasol unit until March 31st. Here’s the artist’s 2010 Flame.

Glass artist Dale Chihuly’s work will be displayed throughout the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew between April 13th and October 27th. Chihuly at Kew: Reflections on Nature include his magnificent Sapphire Star.

The Renaissance Nude @ The Royal Academy from March 3rd to June 2nd . One example: Titian’s Venus Rising from the Sea.1520

Written by Elizabeth Newton

Header: Dior Romance Dress. Spring/Summer 1960. Photographer Mark Shaw


The Christ Church Cathedral Organ


Jesse Gray

Elizabeth Newton

Elizabeth Newton