A Collectors Eye – Cranach to Pissarro – Walker Art Gallery
This is a great special exhibition in the Walker the like of which they do 2 or 3 times a year. In my opinion this is the best since the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition 5 or so years ago.
It is an exhibition of the Schorr Collection and is primarily portraits from the 15th Century to Victorian times with a few impressionist landscapes from Alfred Sisley and Camille Pissarro. The Impressionist paintings are in the first gallery space so there is no clash with the older, sometimes religious devotional paintings.
A painting by El Greco hangs here, St. John the Evangelist, which is truly moving. A great artist, one of my favourites.
Rubens’ Battle of the Amazons is also exhibited. An early example of Rubens work and reminiscent of a much later work by Goya, The Second of May, 1808.
This collection (more than 400 paintings in all) has been assembled by private collector David J. Lewis over the last 35 years and the 64 paintings exhibited here are very much like the Prado collection in Madrid with emphasis placed on portraits.
Well done the curators of the Walker for compiling what is in my opinion a mini Prado in Liverpool!
The free exhibition runs until 15th May 2011. Check it out as it is truly stunning and a great extension to an already great art gallery.