facts about Hull University Art Collection:
The Collection concentrates mainly on figurative art as well as
elements of Surrealism, Primitivism and Abstraction.
The Collection focuses on British
art from 1890 to 1940. In the 1960s, work from this period was
not popular, so good paintings could be bought fairly cheaply.
Artists and their relatives have given paintings to the
Collection. Mrs Pamela Diamond gave four works by her father
Roger Fry, and Lady Kathleen Epstein donated several works by her
husband, the sculptor Jacob Epstein.
The period represented
by the Collection has now come back into favour and many of the works
have been loaned out to major galleries for exhibitions. Unfortunately
this new popularity means that it’s become much
more expensive to buy additional works to extend the Collection. A
painting by Sir Stanley Spencer (who is represented in the Collection)
recently sold for £1,290,500.
As you’ve already
seen, art collections can be built around many different themes.
Hull University Art Collection traces a particular period of time:
1890 to 1940. This is a particularly interesting period in British
history and one you will learn more about on the following pages.