Masterpieces of Childhood

Posted By Tom on January 30, 2015

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Aidan Meller starts 2015 with the opening of a Victorian department and a stunning new exhibition focussed on portraits of childhood.

The expansive selection of original paintings and drawings in fact begins in the Georgian period, when Britain’s creative powers were coming into ascension and the effects of the Industrial Revolution began to transform understandings of art and childhood.

The exhibition embraces a broad spectrum of British society, showing how the trends which held sway in the upper echelons of society, the group portrait or animal painting, for instance, were mirrored amongst the urban middle classes and in village life.

One notable oil painting in the exhibition, originating from Dalham Hall in Suffolk, illustrates the convention for depicting children as dignitaries-in-waiting, emphasising the status and wealth of the sitter’s family. Over the 18th and 19th century, we see this giving way to an increased emphasis on play and growth, something represented in a fine watercolour in the manner of Kate Greenaway, and a rustic family portrait by an unknown artist.

Also including landscape and animal portraits, this landmark exhibition also features drawings and paintings by John Constable, Alfred Munnings, Thomas Stothard and Richard Thomas Moynan (above).

Exhibition runs until Mon 16 Feb at 14 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS. To request an appointment to view the work, please call +44 (0)1865 250550 or email [email protected]

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Christmas Cartoons

Posted By Tom on December 8, 2014

53Few art forms can transport viewers into a world of reverence and awe in the way that stained glass windows do.

To celebrate the Christmas holidays, Aidan Meller Galleries are delighted to present a selection of stained glass designs focussing on the magic of the Nativity.

The works that comprise this exhibition are thought to come from the personal collection of a stained glass window artist. They are known as “cartoons”, a term derived from the Middle Ages which means a
preparatory drawing for a piece of decorative art.

This is a selection from a larger body of work which was discovered in 2013 and then acquired sight unseen by Aidan Meller. They date from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and originate from the studios of leading glass companies Heaton, Butler and Bayne, and James Powell and Sons.

Over the past eighteen months the gallery’s curatorial staff, with the help of experts from around the country, have been working to link the drawings to the churches and other buildings for which they were intended, using order numbers and other clues left by the artists. This has led us to Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and locations in the USA, New Zealand and South Africa. The present display also includes a number of fine cartoons for the windows at the Tate Library at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford.

We look forward to welcoming you to the gallery to view this moving and beautifully-executed selection of works.

From Fri 12th December to Wed 24 December at 14 Broad Street Oxford

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The School of Paris

The School of Paris

Posted By Tom on November 18, 2014 Category: Latest News, News Tags:

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 […]

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 […]

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