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Artwork of the Month – July 2020

Egyptian Head Disappearing into Descending Clouds (1961) by David Hockney

Peter Miller, President of the Friends, writes about this preparatory oil sketch by David Hockney, which was acquired by the Gallery in 1999, with financial support from the Friends.

Artwork of the Month – June 2020

The John Cheere Busts in York Art Gallery (mid 18th century).  

Above the stairs in York Art Gallery, on the left as you go up, there are a number of 18th-century portrait busts. Moira Fulton here explains what these are, and how they come to be in the Gallery.

Artwork of the Month – May 2020

Preparing for a Fancy Dress Ball, William Etty (1787 -1849).

The painter most closely associated with the City of York is William Etty, whose statue stands outside the Art Gallery, and who is buried in St Olave’s Churchyard. Margaret May, a member of the Friends’ committee, discusses one of his finest and most popular paintings. 

Artwork of the Month – April 2020

Study for ‘Nameless and Friendless’ by Emily Mary Osborn (1828-1925).

Dorothy Nott, a former Chair of the Friends,  writes about a remarkable small painting in the Gallery’s collection. ‘Nameless and Friendless’ was painted as a study for a larger work, which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1858 and is now in Tate Britain.

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