The National Gallery ‘Old Master’ is the centerpiece of the new exhibition in Pembrokeshire

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Hélène Rouart in Her Father’s Study by Edgar Degas, National Gallery

The gallery at Haverfordwest is hosting an ambitious new exhibition which is a collaboration between the National Gallery and the National Library of Wales.

The exhibition that recently opened at the Riverside Library, Gallery and Visitor Information Center is part of the National Gallery’s Masterpieces Tour, which aims to promote understanding, awareness and appreciation of the paintings of the Ancient Teachers to as wide an audience as possible.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is Hélène Rouart in her father’s study by Edgar Degas, which will be accompanied by portraits from the National Portrait Collection for Wales at the National Library of Wales.

The portrait shows Hélène Rouart standing in her father’s study, her hands resting on the back of his empty chair. Hélène was the daughter of the engineer and amateur artist Henri Rouart, a friend of Degas, and her portrait shows her at the age of 23.

Organizers say the exhibition aims to consider ‘male gaze’ and ‘female gaze’ theories and the female form in art, with the Degas painting placed alongside the work of both male and female Welsh artists such as Seren Morgan. Jones, Claudia Williams, Sir Kyffin Williams. and John Selway.

The tour of the masterpiece of the National Gallery: Tremors | Look Ashok Ahir, President of the National Library of Wales, and Jane Knowles, Head of Exhibitions at the National Gallery, officially opened the exhibition, sponsored by Christies.

A talk by Laura Llewellyn, Associate Curator at the National Gallery, gave the audience a vivid and intriguing history of the painting, the subject of the portrait and the artist himself, and an accompanying video on the painting will be available to view in the gallery. early. .

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Pedr ap Llwyd, Chief Executive and Librarian of the National Library of Wales, said: “It has been wonderful to be able to work with Pembrokeshire County Council and the National Gallery to bring the ‘Journey of the Masterpiece’ to this region of Wales, giving Pembrokeshire residents and those visiting the area the opportunity to see an Edgar Degas masterpiece and other wonderful works by our fine Welsh artists.”

Jane Knowles, Head of Exhibitions at the National Gallery, said: “The National Gallery has been broadening and deepening its regional partnerships in recent years, and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Riverside.

“Our national programs focus on developing conversations with other institutions and enabling local communities to use the National Gallery’s collection and resources as a platform to consider their own stories and heritage, as well as supporting tourism and education.

“Museums and galleries have a central role to play in the economic and cultural well-being of all our communities, bringing investment and joy. We hope our Masterpiece Tour can contribute to this in Pembrokeshire and across the UK.”

Exhibition along with the tour of the masterpiece of the National Gallery: Tremors | Look the exposure is Pembrokeshire: past and present, a permanent exhibition focusing on the history, culture and landscape of Pembrokeshire. Both exhibitions will remain until Saturday, September 3, 2022.

More information can be found here or on the Pembrokeshire Libraries Facebook page, or by calling Glan-yr-afon/The Riverside on 01437 775244.


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