Following on from an impressive year that saw more than 80,000 people visit arts and culture attractions on campus, the art gallery at the University of Hull’s Brynmor Jones Library is set to welcome a new exhibition of the works of the Scottish Colourists from the Fleming Collection. The gallery will host a launch event on Thursday 24 May before the exhibition opens to the public the following day.
The four celebrated Scottish artists named the Colourists, were Samuel Peploe, Francis Cadell, John Duncan Fergusson and Leslie Hunter. Together, they introduced the dramatic and intense colours of French Impressionism and Fauvism into British art in the 1920s, influenced by the art of Monet, Matisse and Cezanne.
The exhibition charts the Scottish Colourists’ careers from their early experimentalism under the sway of Whistler and Manet to the breakthrough moment of their exposure to the Fauves in Paris in 1905 and to their mature works. Examples by precursors and inspirers such John Lavery and Arthur Melville are also included. The exhibition reveals about 30 works, many of which have rarely been on public display.
John Bernasconi, Director of the University of Hull Art Collection, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to show this exciting collection of dazzling works. The exhibition brilliantly complements the University’s own collection which focuses on art in Britain 1890-1949. We only have a single work by one of Colourists, a particularly fine interior scene by Peploe but it will soon be in very good company.
“It is many years since Hull had an exhibition featuring the Colourists (at the Ferens). It proved enormously popular, and their reputations have only increased since then, so we anticipate that this will prove a worthy successor to our exhibitions that attracted such large numbers in 2017.”
The Fleming Collection was formed by the Robert Fleming Bank after 1968 and became the finest private collection of Scottish art. It is now owned by the Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation.
The exhibition is free to enter and runs from Friday 25 May until Sunday 15 July at the gallery in the Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull in Cottingham Road. The gallery is open from 10am until 5pm Monday - Sunday, with extended opening hours until 7pm on Tuesdays.