Please note: As the final day of the exhibition on Sunday 29 January, coincides with our Chinese New Year celebrations, the gallery is likely to be very busy.
This autumn, Manchester Art Gallery stages the first major exhibition of Ford Madox Brown’s work since 1964. The show brings together 140 works from public and private collections, including his epic paintings of Victorian life Work and The Last of England. This comprehensive survey of Brown’s work champions the pioneering role the artist played in the development of Pre-Raphaelitism and explores how the artist’s rebellion against traditionally taught methods led to a completely new, radical and original style.
The exhibition is divided into 10 themes, starting with Brown’s family life and moving through his early career, his radical change of artistic direction, his work as draughtsman, painter of landscapes, portraits and scenes of Victorian life, storyteller and designer. It also covers the years Brown spent in Manchester working on the Town Hall murals.
Manchester Art Gallery is the only UK venue for the exhibition. It will then tour to The Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent from 25 February to 3 June 2012.
The exhibition is curated by Julian Treuherz, an independent art historian and curator, and an expert in Victorian art.
A catalogue, published by Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd., accompanies the show and will be sold in Manchester Art Gallery shop and online.
Charles Stanley is the headline sponsor for Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer.
The exhibition is supported by the Zochonis Charitable Trust and Manchester Art Gallery Trust.
Farrow & Ball are the official paint sponsor of Manchester City Galleries.
The Irish Girl, 1860, oil on canvas, Ford Madox Brown, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund (B1989.11) © of Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund.
The Last Of England, 1852–55, oil on panel, Ford Madox Brown, Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery © Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
The Pretty Baa Lambs, 1851–59, oil on panel, Ford Madox Brown, Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery © Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Manfred on the Jungfrau, 1841 (retouched 1861), Ford Madox Brown, oil on canvas, Manchester City Galleries © Manchester City Galleries
The English Boy, 1860, oil on canvas, Ford Madox Brown, Manchester City Galleries © Manchester City Galleries
The Seraph’s Watch (A Reminiscence of the Early Masters), 1847, oil on panel, Private collection