Manchester Art Gallery

Impressionism: A very British art movement?

A tour of Wynford Dewhurst

Manchester Art Gallery
Wednesday 5 April 2017, 11am–12pm

Join volunteer guide John Ward and curatorial volunteer Rebecca Eastment on a voyage through Wynford Dewhurst’s own imagination and have your say, as we try to evaluate his startling claim that the true origins of French Impressionism lie in the works of Constable and Turner.

the French artists simply developed a style which was British in its conception

Dewhurst was an art theorist as well as a painter and his 1904 book Impressionist Painting, Its Genesis and Development was the first important British study of Impressionism. The book became notorious for Dewhurst’s insistence that the English landscape tradition, especially the work of John Constable and J. M. W. Turner, was at the root of modern French painting. Dewhurst’s thesis was that, ‘the French artists simply developed a style which was British in its conception.’