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2002-07-18 until 2002-10-06
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This display of some 20 paintings is curated jointly by the National Gallery and the Laing Art Gallery and looks at how artists have dealt with light in their paintings to create meaning, to express emotion, and to represent its diverse effects.
The first section, Symbolic Light, contains works in which light takes on a metaphorical meaning, such as the Gallery’s 'Adoration of the Shepherds' by Rembrandt and the rarely seen 'After the Deluge; the Forty-First Day' by G. F. Watts (Guildford, Watts Gallery).
The second section contains paintings which explore the physical effects of light, among them Renoir’s 'Boating on the Seine' from the National Gallery and Seurat’s 'Sunset' from Bristol.
The third section, Artificial Light, shows how unusual effects of artificial light have been used to add drama and underscore meaning, for example in the Gallery’s famous 'Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump' by Wright of Derby.
An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump
WRIGHT of Derby, Joseph
1734 - 1797
NG725. Presented by Edward Tyrrell, 1863.
Oil on canvas
182.9 x 243.9 cm.