Evelyn De Morgan: Artist of Peace
24 April - 13 September 2015
As we commemorate the centenary of the First World War, this significant show, comprising major paintings and beautifully-executed drawings from the De Morgan Foundation, will focus on the pacifism of Evelyn De Morgan (1855 - 1919) and her reaction both to this conflict and the Boer War of 1899-1902, with many of the works having been included in the artist’s solo exhibition held in the spring of 1916 in aid of the Red Cross.
De Morgan’s remarkable paintings bear the influence of early Italian Renaissance art as well as that of her Pre-Raphaelite contemporaries, yet have a distinctive style that is uniquely her own. Trained at the Slade School of Art, De Morgan was a prolific professional artist who enjoyed significant commercial success with sales of her symbolic paintings, inspired by both literature and contemporary concerns.