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CHARLESTON PRESENTS FIRST NINA HAMNETT RETROSPECTIVE

19 May 2021 to 30 August 2021Visit website

Charleston in Firle, East Sussex, will reopen in spring 2021 with the first major retrospective of the work of British artist Nina Hamnett (1890 – 1956), a central figure in the London and Paris art scenes of the early 20th century. Featuring works that span three decades, the exhibition will showcase Hamnett’s incredible eye for portraiture and reveal key aspects of her practice which has, in recent times, remained little known and unseen.
 
Born in Tenby, Wales, Hamnett was at the heart of the British-French exchange of art and ideas during the 1910s and 1920s and was a key point of connection between the Bloomsbury group, the Camden Town Group and the School of Paris. She became a celebrated artist in both London and Paris, exhibiting widely in solo and group shows, including those of The London Group and the New English Art Club frequently
throughout the 1910s to 1950s, and at both the Royal Academy and the Salon d’Automne in 1948.
 
Hamnett’s talent, vivacious spirit, flamboyance and striking appearance made her a popular figure in the artistic quarters of Montparnasse and Fitzrovia, and brought her to the attention of some of the most significant artists of the day.
 
Featuring over 30 works, including many which are rarely shown or have never been seen before, the exhibition will explore the various facets of Hamnett’s practice, from her paintings to her skill as a draughtsperson. A highlight will be Hamnett’s expressive portrait paintings of some of the best-known writers, artists, sculptors and collectors of the time. 
 
These portraits represent her greatest body of work and illustrate her significant contribution to the modern art movement. At the heart of the exhibition will be
a selection of over 20 of her finest portraits, such as those of artists Edward Wolfe and Walter Sickert, and that of writer Horace Brodzky. Many will be on public display for the first time, including her c.1914 portrait of sculpture Ozik Zadkine. 
 
Where can I book tickets?
Tickets will be available to book soon via the Charleston website. Follow @CharlestonTrust on social media for the latest news and updates.
 
www.charleston.org.uk/nina-hamnett
@CharlestonTrust
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