J.W. Waterhouse Exhibitions
A Tale to Tell
Following the popular Love and Death: Art in the age of Queen Victoria exhibition in 2003, the Gallery is highlighting its own Victorian collection in A Tale to Tell.
Long after Victorian art went out of fashion in England it remained popular in the colonies. As social commentary it may well have reflected idealised memories of a society that had been left behind by immigrants to new lands.
While 19th century painters loved to depict a moment in a narrative drawn from history, literature or the society of their own time, equally the overriding themes of yearning and desire underlying so many of these images speak of a social need for an aesthetic experience that exists beyond the familiar world of everyday life.
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