Exhibitions to see this Spring

This Spring, London’s galleries and museums are hosting a wealth of spectacular exhibitions that you won’t want to miss. Here we’ve selected some of the ones we’re most excited for.

Thomas Gainsborough, ‘The Blue Boy’, 1770. Huntington Art Museum, San Marino, California (21.1) © Courtesy of the Huntington Art Museum, San Marino, California

Gainsborough’s Blue Boy

On until 15th May 2022 at the National Gallery in Room 46.

One of Gainsborough’s most iconic paintings, ‘The Blue Boy’ hasn’t been seen on this side of the Atlantic since the 1920s. Painted as a homage to Van Dyck, this painting has captured creative minds for centuries. See this work alongside the pieces that informed Gainsborough at the National Gallery this Spring.

Van Gogh Self Portraits

On until 8th May 2022 at the Courtauld Gallery

Despite finding little fame whilst alive, since his death Van Gogh has inspired thousands. This exhibition brings together a fantastic number of his self portraits, including ‘Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear’. Already extremely popular, we’d definitely recommend trying to get tickets to this if you can!

Walter Sickert

28th April to 18th September 2022 at the Tate Britain

Part of the Camden Town Group, Walter Sickert is one of Britain’s most influential 20th Century artists. This exhibition will be fantastic to see in conjunction with the Royal Academy’s one on Whistler. Sickert’s works are surprisingly vivid and colourful, and will be a joy to see.

James Abbott McNeill Whistler,Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl, 1862.

Whistler’s Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan

On until 22nd May 2022 at the Royal Academy

This exhibition takes a unique approach to Whistler’s work, viewing it through the lens of his relationship with Hiffernan, his model, friend, and muse. Whistler’s paintings of Hiffernan impacted many artists following, from Klimt to the Pre-Raphaelites.

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

On until 8th January 2023 at the V&A

Beatrix Potter’s tales and illustrations have fond memories for many. This exhibition, in collaboration with the National Trust, offers the opportunity to view Potter’s works alongside items that inspired her work.

Francis Bacon: Man and Beast

On until 17th April 2022 at the Royal Academy

Bacon’s life was colourful and dynamic, as is work. This exhibition explores his interest with animals and the human body – many of the paintings blur the line between man and beast. The paintings are selected from his 50-year career.

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