‘British Vision’ is an overview of two centuries of British art, representing every major artist, including William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough, George Stubbs, William Blake, John Constable, Joseph Mallord William Turner, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Stanley Spencer, Graham Sutherland, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud.
The exhibition brings together over three hundred works of art from public and private collections throughout Britain, in addition to loans from major collections in Europe and the United States of America.
The selection contains oil paintings, watercolours, prints, drawings, sculpture, books and photographs. These works illustrate two important features typical of British art from the mid-18th to the mid-20th century: a real talent for observing daily reality and landscape on the one hand, and a fascination with the visionary on the other hand.
‘British Vision’ celebrates the reopening of the Ghent Museum of Fine Arts following its renovation. It is taking place exactly ten years after the ‘Paris-Brussels/Brussels-Paris’ exhibition, organised by the Ghent Museum in 1997 in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay. ‘British Vision’ will certainly be as significant as the hugely successful 1997 exhibition.
Presented in the newly restored exhibition halls of the Museum of Fine Arts, this landmark exhibition is a long awaited opportunity for the European public to discover British art. As a general survey, it includes some of the greatest and most iconic works in British art history. Offering fresh perspectives on British art and a strong focus, it will also be of interest to those already familiar with the subject.
The exhibition has been devised by Robert Hoozee, Director of the Ghent Museum, who was advised by the British art historians John Gage, Timothy Hyman and Andrew Dempsey.