Still bruised by the harsh critiques that my painting of Clelia received last Monday during the filming of a tv show ( more about this later as I digest the whole experience), I dragged my husband to a soothing arty day out.
Pallant House is a museum that specializes in British twentieth century painting. The permanent collection originates from the donation of the Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester Cathedral, just a short walk away. More donations followed, particularly my favourite works on display were coming from the collection of the architect Colin St John Wilson.
Colin St John Wilson by William Coldstream
Wilson by Michael Andrews
Wilson not only donated his collection, but is also the architect who designed the modern extension of the museum. I have to say that the pleasure of the visit is greatly enhanced by the architecture of the place: the rooms have nice, elegant proportions and perfect light. The paintings are hanged at a good distance from one another, they can be appreciated individually but also work as a collection.
Since the collection is not all on display, there is a reserve room, where some of the works in the depot can be also seen, a bit more crammed. I was happy to be able to see this painting by Victor Willing, a painter I have been curious about but never before saw from life.
I really liked this large and mysterious work in which the model boat transforms the room into an ocean. I found a preparatory drawing for the painting here.
Other highlights of my visits were this painting by Michael Andrews together with another one from his Thames series,
this other portrait of Wilson by RB Kitaj
and the three portraits by Coldstream on display.
I absolutely recommend visiting, even if you have dogs. You can leave them in the car park.
PS This morning we went for a walk in Climping and the landscape there reminded me so much of Patrick George's paintings.