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The School of Paris

Posted By Tom on November 18, 2014

Aidan Meller Galleries is currently displaying a stunning selection of art from the masters of modernism, The School of Paris.

It is a chance to revel in the challenges and delights that Matisse, Picasso, Chagall and Dalí offer. These artists’ rich and varied careers naturally fall into distinct epochs, and this selection of work emphasises what is sometimes called the modernist “return to order”: we see the cool grace of Picasso’s classically-influenced period, which produced his finest etchings, and there are also exquisite pieces from Matisse’s Riviera years.

This is a selection of work designed to appeal to the investor and connoisseur. A unique Chagall print and a select group of signed Picasso etchings and monotypes are of particular note. Also featured are unique drawings by Cocteau and Dalí.

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The School of London: Bacon, Freud and Kitaj

Posted By Tom on September 15, 2014

From Fri 19th September to Monday 3rd November at 14 Broad Street Oxford

In an exciting new venture, Aidan Meller Galleries is proud to announce an exclusive exhibition of modern art from the School of London.
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Shocking to some of their day, and too conservative for others, the work of Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and R. B. Kitaj is now among the most sought-after art in the world. Indeed, in 2013, Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud sold for $142.4m, making it the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction. This show presents unique works and original lithographs, offering an accessible introduction to these prestigious artists.

It was Kitaj, one of his generation’s most daring and intellectually accomplished artists, who coined the term ‘School of London’ when presenting a 1976 exhibition of the artists’ work. The term reflects the artists’ social connections, but masks great differences as much as it reflects a common artistic purpose.

In different ways, all three artists bucked the trend towards abstract art coming out of the USA. Bacon, Freud and Kitaj reinvented figurative art as something daring, contentious and distinctively European.

This show, marking the launch of a new department at Aidan Meller, is a chance to enjoy the ideas and techniques that bind the School of London together, but also the qualities that make its artists so compelling and singular.

Above, original drawing by Lucian Freud. Browse works from the exhibition here.

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School of Paris: Picasso, Matisse, Dalí, Miró

School of Paris: Picasso, Matisse, Dalí, Miró

Posted By Tom on July 30, 2014 Category: Latest News, News Tags:

Runs until Mon 15 Sept at 14 Broad Street, Oxford. Aidan Meller Galleries are currently exhibiting a mixed exhibition of rare original works by modernist masters Picasso, Matisse, Dalí, Miró, Braque and Chagall. The show celebrates the heady ambience of the Parisian art scene as it adapted its innovations to momentous influences such as love, […]

The Bloomsbury Set: Life Among the Bohemians

The Bloomsbury Set: Life Among the Bohemians

Posted By Tom on June 19, 2014 Category: Latest News, News Tags:

The artists and writers who made up the Bloomsbury Set were icons of the avant-garde in early twentieth-century London. A new exhibition at Aidan Meller Fine Paintings shines a light on their extraordinary creativity, boasting original artworks by Duncan Grant, Roger Fry and Vanessa Bell. In her 1928 novel Orlando, Bell’s sister Virginia Woolf writes, […]

The 2014 Aidan Meller Prize for Art Criticism

The 2014 Aidan Meller Prize for Art Criticism

Posted By Tom on June 9, 2014 Category: Latest News, Oxford University Tags:

In February 2014 the second Aidan Meller Prize for Art Criticism was awarded at a black-tie dinner held at the Oxford Union. The winner was Natalie Ferris of Queen’s College, who wrote a review of Cornelia Parker’s exhibition at the Frith Street Gallery. Natalie was presented with her prize by Professor Barrie Bullen, author of […]

Chagall – love for Bella

Chagall – love for Bella

Posted By Tom on May 15, 2014 Category: Research Tags:

A new Mark Chagall exhibition at Aidan Meller Modernism is a poignant reminder of modern art’s romantic side, shining a light on the artist’s love for his muse Bella Rosenfeld. Chagall is the most mysterious of the modern artists who revolutionised our experience of beauty in the early 20th century. Straddling the folklore of his […]

Poetic Pre-Raphaelites

Poetic Pre-Raphaelites

Posted By Tom on April 28, 2014 Category: Latest News, News Tags:

­A new exhibition of engravings at Aidan Meller Fine Paintings documents the role of Pre-Raphaelite artists in the revolution in illustration that occurred in the second half of the 19th century. During this period, the market for illustrated books and periodicals exploded as railway networks facilitated the distribution and a new middle class with disposable […]

Unseen Pre-Raphaelites

Unseen Pre-Raphaelites

Posted By Tom on March 21, 2014 Category: Latest News, News, Research Tags:

Until 21st April. 14 Broad Street, Oxford A recently discovered cache of Pre-Raphaelite art has gone on display at Aidan Meller Fine Paintings. The beautiful drawings had lain neglected for the best part of a century before Mr. Aidan Meller received a phone call from an Abingdon resident, alerting him to their existence. He bought […]

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