NEWS: Dulwich Picture Gallery Announces Retrospective of David Milne in 2018

The Dulwich Picture Gallery has announced it will be presenting a major exhibiton devoted to the work of the Canadian Artist to be displayed from the 14th February 2018. 

Ripon High Street
Ripon: High Street, 1919, David Milne, Art Gallery of Ontario. Bequest of of Mrs J.P. Barwick (from the Douglas M. Duncan
Collection). © The Estate of David Milne. 

This first major UK exhibition of David Milne’s work will concentrate on the career that spanned the first half of the 20th century, featuring over ninety works in oil and watercolour, never-before-exhibited photographs and drawings by the artist.

David Milne: Modern Painting will be arranged chronologically, following the artist’s development as he moved from the bustling sidewalks of New York to the war-torn landscapes of northern France and back again to the woods, fields and skies of the northeastern US and Canada.

The exhibition aims to reveal the change in Milne’s approach as he moved from the Post-Impressionist style of his New York years, with its vivid colours and dynamic brushstrokes, to the more distilled visual language of his later work.

Talking about the news, Sarah Milroy, co-curator of the exhibition, said: “In Canada, the name David Milne evokes compete devotion to the task of making art, and a firm and unshakeable independent spirit willing to risk all in the quest to be the best artist he can be. At the same time, Milne is beloved for his ability to capture landscape in ways that are often uncanny in their inventiveness, each painting an absorbing world of its own. This is a modern artist for the ages, and one of Canada’s best kept secrets.”

The display will begin with a selection of the artist’s  depictions of  New York City’s busy sidewalks and advertising hoardings, before moving onto some of the most formally daring works of Milne’s career and concluding with a series of elemental still-life studies and sky paintings made during Milne’s time at remote Six Mile Lake.

This new exhibition sees Sarah Milroy, a writer and curator based in Toronto, and Ian Dejardin, Executive Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, returning to the Dulwich Picture Gallery following the displays Emily Carr in British Columbia in 2014 and Vanessa Bell in 2017.

David Milne: Modern Painting will be on display at the Dulwich Picture Gallery from the 14th February until the 7th May 2018. For more information visit:


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