14 August 2017

Eva Gonzalès' The Donkey Ride is back on Display!

With the support of the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery, this spring yet another wonderful painting from our collection returned to display from conservation limbo. Eva Gonzalès’ Donkey Ride, circa 1880, now takes pride of place in the French Gallery surrounded by Impressionist landscapes – and finds itself in friendly conversation further afield across the balcony with another equine scene in Frank Dicksee’s La Belle Dame Sans Merci.

28 May 2017

New additions to the Contemporary Glass Colletion

In January 2017, Kate Newnham, senior curator of Visual Arts, took a trip to Japan to courier Bristol's portrait of Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach between exhibition venues in Tokyo and Osaka. Thanks to a Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grant from the Art Fund, Kate was able to extend her visit by eight days to do background research on Bristol’s Japanese collection and explore contemporary glass-making in Japan. 

The Friends committee had agreed to support some contemporary collecting for the museum’s Eastern Art collection with funds from Erica Rudd. 

11 February 2017

A Not So New Acquistion

The Art Gallery is fortunate in being able to display a number of items loaned by private individuals. These both complement existing collections and fill obvious gaps. By their temporary nature they can also add something new to a long-term display. Although the gallery no longer recognises ‘permanent’ loans, some do go back a very long way (the ‘oldest’ loan dates back to 1929) and have almost become permanent fixtures, so it came as a bit of a shock when a lender of an important delftware plate made in Brislington and dated 1689, informed the gallery that he wished to sell it. 

Brislington delftware plate