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Channel Crossings: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

Manchester Art Gallery reveals and compares some of its French and English art

Published on November 27th 2012.

Channel Crossings: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

Channel Crossings is a new display featuring English and French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism from Manchester Art Gallery's collection. It opens on 6 December.

Channel Crossings replaces a display of work by Lowry and Valette, which will be closed to the public from 27 November 2012.  

This display will look at the allure and excitement of French art for a generation of English and Scottish painters emerging from the claustrophobia of late Victorian painting.

Pissarro - Rue de VoisinsPissarro - Rue de VoisinsIt will show works by major French artists including Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley and Auguste Renoir alongside British artists such as George Clausen, John Singer Sargent and Philip Wilson Steer. 

Channel Crossings replaces a display of work by Lowry and Valette, which will be closed to the public from 27 November 2012.  

Eight of the works by Lowry, including works newly restored, will be displayed on the first floor and ground floor of the art gallery from 6 December 2012.

Adolphe Valette’s Albert Square will also be displayed on the ground floor.

India HouseIndia HouseConfidential thinks it's a shame that India House is not the chosen work to be displayed from Valette as it sums up the way the artist dissolved the physical into the ethereal. In fact Confidential would rather have eight works on display and just the one of the dreary Lowry - Valette's pupil.

That aside, this tactic of the Art Gallery is part of an ongoing programme to make more of the gallery's collection available to the public through more frequent changes and rotation of works. 

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Tim WilcoxNovember 28th 2012.

I will be including Valette's 'York Street Leading to Charles Street, Manchester' in the Channel Crossings display. It's just as good and 'ethereal' as 'India House' (as you'll see) but it's been in store for ages. Next June when York Street goes off to Tate for their Lowry exhibition I might be persuaded to put 'India House' back up!

Tim Wilcox, Principal Curator Exhibitions
Manchester Art Gallery

Jonathan SchofieldNovember 28th 2012.

Good lad Tim. I think for Lowry all we need are a few of those prints we see on pub walls.

Ghostly TomNovember 28th 2012.

Very excited about this but they should have left the Valette and Lowry exhibition alone and replaced the poor exhibitions in the former Manchester and 20th Century galleries. Both have outstayed their welcome.

Coy RanterNovember 29th 2012.

Good to see Charles Street exhibited (was it shown at the excellent Lowry exhibition last year?). Sad that Valette is being sidelined with no India House, All Saints etc, though. By far the best room in the art gallery for me.

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