This Saturday we visit the National Gallery where on show there are the annual Turner watercolours, Bank of America photo exhibition, and pictures from Zurich Portrait Competition. As well as the Gallery's own rich display of paintings & sculpture.
Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), high priest of colour and light, was as radical a visionary as Ludwig van Beethoven who was born five years earlier.
For Turner, struggle came from within. Recognised as an artist throughout his life, he first exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts when he was 15.
Turner, the first great impressionist, and a major influence on pioneering French Modernists Monet and Matisse as well as the Russian-born American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, was a prodigy, fortunate that his beloved father, a Covent Garden wig maker and barber, always believed in him.
Over 50 years ago, pioneering collectors Beaumont and Nancy Newhall assembled an impressive selection of works spanning the history of photography. There is a charge and booking is recommended.
30 November 2019 – 22 March 2020
Rooms 6-10 | Beit Wing
Moment in Time: A Legacy of Photographs | Works from the Bank of America Collection presents iconic photographs from that collection by Julia Margaret Cameron, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eugene Smith, Robert Frank, Dorothea Lange, and many more.
Explore the history of photography at the National Gallery of Ireland as this important collection comes to Europe for the first time.
Zurich Portrait Prize 2019
4 October 2019 – 12 January 2020
The annual competition showcasing contemporary portraiture attracts entries from across the island of Ireland, and from Irish artists living abroad. This exhibition will feature a shortlist of portraits chosen by the 2019 judging panel.
The winner will receive a cash prize of €15,000, and a commission worth €5,000, to create a work for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection. There will also be two awards of €1,500 for highly commended works. The aim of the Zurich Portrait Prize is to showcase and encourage interest in contemporary portraiture, and to raise the profile of the long-standing and constantly evolving National Portrait Collection at the National Gallery of Ireland.
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