Wynford Dewhurst: Manchester’s Monet presents the first retrospective of the Manchester-born expressionist painter and theorist since his death in 1941.
A controversial figure on the Anglo-French art scene at the turn of the twentieth century, Wynford Dewhurst is most famous for his 1908 work The Picnic, in the collection of Manchester Art Gallery.
After studying law, Dewhurst moved to Paris at the age of 27, where he began a career as a painter under the guide of his principal mentor, Claude Monet. Whilst largely influenced by the impressionist master, Dewhurst developed a unique ‘glowing’ style that shows a deep affinity with the French landscape. As well as being an accomplished painter, he was also a theorist, authoring the first important British study of the style: ‘Impressionist Painting, Its Genesis and Development’, published at the turn of the century in 1904.
This exhibition, brought together by independent curator, Roger Brown, will display a large selection of Dewhurst’s shimmering paintings with archival photographs and documents to reintroduce the painter to his native city. It will be accompanied by a fully illustrated book, the first monograph to be written on this influential artist and writer.
Wynford Dewhurst: Manchester’s Monet
Manchester Art Gallery
9 Dec 2016 –23 Apr 2017