Posted By Tom on January 30, 2014
Currently showing at 14 Broad Street, Oxford. Runs until end of February 2014.
This exhibition of rare drawings, etchings and other graphic works documents some of the fascinating tensions in late Victorian art. Contrary to the popular conception of Victorians as buttoned-up conformists, the artists who followed on from the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood were passionately obsessed with finding the truest expression of the Romantic spirit.
From the 1870s onwards, artists such as Edward Burne-Jones, Frederic Leighton and Lawrence Alma-Tadema unshackled their pursuit of beauty from the notion that art had to spread a moral message. Instead they adopted the liberating French idea of “art for art’s sake”. Representing the essence of the Aesthetic Movement, the phrase came to be associated with sensual paintings of ladies from classical and Arthurian worlds, bathed in soft light and elegant drapery.
Artists such as Burne-Jones continued to embrace the spirit of medievalism, conjuring worlds of chivalry and magic in a way that anticipated the fantastic epics of J.R.R. Tolkien. More classically-inspired painters such as Alma-Tadema and Leighton form the focus of this exhibition, reflecting Victorian high society’s image of itself as part of a continuity stretching back to the birth of civilisation in ancient Greece. Proponents of both schools contested their rival theories with a fervour matched only by the period’s political and technological revolutionaries.
Posted By Tom on January 30, 2014
Currently showing at 105 High Street, Oxford. Until end of February.
This exhibition celebrates the extraordinary creativity of Paris in the 20th century with original works by Matisse, Picasso, Chagall and Dalí. These were the key figures in modernism, a movement which reasserted the totemic power of the artwork at a time of technological and social change.
By the time Picasso went to Paris in 1900, the city’s art scene was fired up with the revolutionary spirit of the Republic, from its love of roguish old Masters such as Rembrandt, to Impressionists such as Georges Seurat, who had rebelled against the strictures of the Academy. Picasso and friend George Braque were galvanised by daring young dealer D. H. Kahnweiler, who put them at the centre of a new creative community. Developing their ideas at the Moulin Rouge and in the studios of rural suburbs like Montmartre, they thought up the heady, spectacular innovations of cubism.
And when Picasso met one of his most fervent supporters, the American collector Gertrude Stein, he also met his artistic match, Henri Matisse the most celebrated “fauve” or “wild beast” of art. It was a rivalry that spurred the art of both men, and of Paris itself, on to new heights.
Posted By Tom on December 3, 2013 Category: News
The Grand Opening of Aidan Meller Fine Paintings on the 8th November was exceptionally well attended. Director Aidan Meller welcomed visitors to the new exhibition space and thanked the supporters who had made the new venture possible. Professor Brian Catling of the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art then cut a white ribbon to […]
Posted By Tom on December 3, 2013 Category: Latest News, News
Exhibition runs from 28th November 2013 to 20th January 2014 Aidan Meller Galleries are delighted to announce a striking new exhibition by David Freud and his partner Debbi Mason, co-founder of Elle Magazine and former Fashion Editor for US Vogue. David is the son of Lucian Freud (1922 – 2011), whose psychologically penetrating studies of […]
Posted By Tom on December 3, 2013 Category: News, Research
An inside look at the research that goes into running a gallery Tucked away in the picturesque surroundings of the Cotswolds, Kelmscott Manor is one of Oxfordshire’s rarest hidden gems. To enter this charming home is to travel through the imagination of its most famous resident, the great artist and designer William Morris. As Aidan […]
Posted By Sophie on October 4, 2013 Category: Reviews
Posted By Tom on September 19, 2013 Category: Latest News
Oxford’s constellation of Pre-Raphaelite art will see the birth of a new star with the launch of a brand new gallery on Broad Street this September. Aidan Meller Fine Paintings is a new centre for art that reflects the ideal of truth to nature, such a big part of Oxford’s world-famous heritage. The gallery’s programme […]
Posted By Tom on August 14, 2013 Category: Oxford University
In cooperation with the Edgar Wind Society (EWS) at the University of Oxford, the Aidan Meller Galleries run a Prize for Art Criticism. It is open to undergraduate and postgraduate members of Oxford University and celebrates excellence in new critical writing. This page showcases some of the best entries received. Established and run by students, […]