Men in Pants: Evelyn De Morgan’s life drawings

Evelyn De Morgan’s male life drawings from the Slade School onwards from 7th February – 26th April 2014    This
exhibition of Evelyn De Morgan’s highly celebrated drawings and sketches explores her time at the Slade School of Art and sheds new light on the experiences of female Victorian artists.
 Evelyn De Morgan began her artistic career at the Slade School of Art, where she was able to develop her interest in drawing the human body, winning prizes for her life drawing. The
Slade was the first school in Britain to offer female students the opportunity to attend classes in life drawing alongside the traditional
practice of drawing from classical sculptures. While the male life models were partially covered to make the classes acceptable to female students, this remained a bold innovation in art training, attracting much criticism. This exhibition will explore Evelyn’s experience of life drawing and her interaction and engagement with her models. Featuring material from the De Morgan Centre’s archive of drawings, this display of sketches show how Evelyn’s experience of drawing models at the Slade School and beyond
shaped the expressive qualities of her paintings. Her skilful drawings reveal her creative technique and mastery of drapery and composition. Pieces displayed in this exhibition include a remarkable charcoal study of The Wrestlers, created during Evelyn’s time at the Slade School, and unclothed and draped double studies for her oil paintings Boreas and Oreithyia and The Valley of the Shadows. This exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the artistic work of Evelyn De Morgan and the experiences of female artists in the late 19th Century. The De Morgan Centre will be open until 8pm on 6th March and 3rd April. This exhibition will run until Saturday 26th April 2014.

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