David Milne: Modern Painting

14 February–7 May 2018

Exhibition Overview

David Milne, Blue Lake

Dulwich Picture Gallery presents a major exhibition of one of Canada’s greatest modern painters, David Milne (1882-1953). It will showcase, for the first time in the UK, a wide selection of his oil paintings alongside watercolors, drawings and photographs, to reveal an artist of true originality and vision.

Through periods of intense experimentation, often working in solitude in the wild, Milne developed an extraordinary body of landscapes, fusing influences from Monet, Matisse and Cezanne into a bold modernist language of his own.

Arranged chronologically, the exhibition follows Milne’s artistic development as he moves from the bustling sidewalks of New York to the war-torn landscapes of northern France and Belgium and back again to the woods, fields and skies of the northeastern US and Canada. Focus will be given to Milne’s experimentation with color, line and negative space and his mastery of painting the visual effects of light and reflection.

(Photo: David Milne, Blue Lake, 1935, oil on canvas, 41.3 x 51.5 cm. Art Gallery of Ontario. Gift from the J.S. McLean Collection, by Canada Packers Inc., Toronto, 1990 © The Estate of David Milne)

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