Ipswich museum helps out arty French

IPSWICH Museum will be part of a new exhibition in Paris next month celebrating the work of Suffolk artist John Constable.The exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris, called 'John Constable; as selected by Lucien Freud' will include three paintings lent by Ipswich Borough Council Museums and Galleries.

By James Fraser

IPSWICH Museum will be part of a new exhibition in Paris next month celebrating the work of Suffolk artist John Constable.

The exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris, called 'John Constable; as selected by Lucien Freud' will include three paintings lent by Ipswich Borough Council Museums and Galleries.

These are Flower Garden and Kitchen Garden by John Constable's father Golding and John Constable's Willy Lott's House.


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The Council has agreed to lend these works to this prestigious exhibition which aims to confirm John Constable as one of the masters of European painting.

This will be the first major exhibition on Constable to be seen in France since 1824 and opens on 10th October.

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The show has been selected by one of Europe's greatest living artists, the British painter Lucian Freud, whose touring exhibition of portraits was exhibited at Christchurch Mansion earlier this year.

"We are delighted to have been asked to loan our paintings to this important international exhibition," said Councillor John Mowles, Ipswich council's leisure spokesman.

"It underlines the importance and significance of Ipswich Borough Council Museum's art collections and also helps to raise the profile of Ipswich abroad," he added

Collections manager Sally Dummer said the two Constable painting are unique.

"The Flower Garden and the Kitchen Garden are two very important and unique works. They are superb and crucial to the Paris exhibition," she said.

John Constable was born in 1776 at East Bergholt, Suffolk, son of a prosperous corn merchant. His father Golding owned Flatford and Dedham water mills and a windmill in East Bergholt.

The Paris exhibition consists of 194 paintings, oil studies and works on paper and includes major loans from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Britain and the National Gallery. The Ipswich works will be returning in January.

Weblink: www.ipswich.gov.uk

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