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The Enigma, The Village and The Fisherman: 19th and 20th Century Portraiture and Figurative Painting from the Collection


The portrait has always been an important means of interpretation and expression for artists, illustrating contemporary life, emotions and the chronicling of individual characters. Southampton City Art Gallery is fortunate to have some of the finest holdings of portraiture from the 19th and 20th Centuries, which includes outstanding examples of figurative painting by some of the great artists of the last two hundred years.

The exhibition takes its title from three works, Enigma by James Sant, Mydlow Village Poland by Robert Bevan and The Fisherman by Jean-Louis Forain, as well as including other exceptional examples of figurative and portrait painting by Harold Gilman, Duncan Grant, Gwen John, Mark Gertler and Sylvia Melland.

Jean Louis Forain, The Fisherman, 1884, Oil on canvas

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