Enjoy Some 20th Century Art on Your Doorstep; World Famous Art by Some of the Most Celebrated 20th Century Artists Such as David Hockney, Francis Bacon and Grayson Perry Is on Display at the National Museum Cardiff. Rachel Mainwaring Looks at What's on Offer

South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales), February 24, 2017 | Go to article overview

Enjoy Some 20th Century Art on Your Doorstep; World Famous Art by Some of the Most Celebrated 20th Century Artists Such as David Hockney, Francis Bacon and Grayson Perry Is on Display at the National Museum Cardiff. Rachel Mainwaring Looks at What's on Offer


Byline: Rachel Mainwaring

HEIR work graces galleries around the world.

TAnd now visitors to National Museum Cardiff will be able to enjoy works by many of the greatest British artists of the 20th century, loaned to the Museum by art collectors Ian and Mercedes Stoutzker.

Bacon To Doig: Modern Masterpieces From A Private Collection brings together works by artists such as Francis Bacon, Henry Moore, David Hockney and Barbara Hepworth, collected over a number of decades, and will form part of Wales' Year of Legends programme.

On show in Wales until January 31, 2018, the collection will enrich the museum's representation of 20th-century British art.

Each artist is represented by work of such quality that they would grace the walls of the greatest museums in the world. Francis Bacon, now internationally recognised as one of the best painters of the modern period, is represented with two outstanding paintings from the 1950s and 60s (Portrait of a Man, 1953, and Henrietta Moraes, 1966).

Close friends of Bacon in the socalled "School of London" also feature, including a portrait by Lucian Freud and expressionist canvases by Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff.

These figurative works are complemented by more abstract works by the painter Ben Nicholson and sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Anthony Caro.

Contemporary art is strongly represented with paintings by Peter Doig and two important vases by Grayson Perry.

This outstanding collection is the result of Ian and Mercedes Stoutzker's knowledge and passion for art. Many of the works were collected by Mercedes when the artists were at an early stage in their careers, before they became famous.

Mercedes Stoutzker said: "When my husband, Ian, suggested that we should propose an exhibition of postwar British art in Cardiff from our collection, I thought it would give pleasure to many but to no-one more that Ian himself. …

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