Where Can I see..?

The UK and its art galleries house some of the best known works of art in the world, you just need to know where to find them. We tell you where you can view a selection of our favourite pieces...

Water Lilies by Claude Monet

The National Gallery, London

The water lilies series is by far the French Master’s most recognised work. When Monet purchased his home at Giverny and created the flower garden, pond and water lilies, he thought them so beautiful that he painted little else for the rest of his life resulting in over 250 works in the series. The pieces are displayed in galleries all over the world including New York, Japan and France. In the UK ,The National Gallery in London displays The Lily Pond painted in 1899 showing the famous bridge over the pond and Water Lilies- Setting Sun painted in 1907. Monet was one of the earliest artists to practice the style that became known as Impressionism. The style was radical at the time, due to its use of colour, light and visible brush strokes, more modern subject matter and the practice of open air painting. Today, impressionist style paintings by Monet and his contemporaries are some of our best loved works.

The Water Lily Pond - Monet

Claude Monet

The Water Lily Pond

The Hay Wain by Gainsborough
The National Gallery, London

Completed in 1821 The Hay Wain is Constable’s most recognisable and popular work. Painted in oil on canvas, the scene is of horses pulling a cart or ‘wain’ in the River Stour. The river divides the counties of Essex and Suffolk in the area known as Flatford Mill. On the left of the river is a cottage known as Willy Lott’s cottage, Lott being a neighbour of Constable’s father. The cottage remains as it was, largely still as it appears in the painting, and is now a tourist attraction for visitors from all over the world. The painting was initially called Landscape: Noon before being changed to The Hay Wain. Constable often planned his paintings by making rough sketches or paintings. A large scale sketch on which the painting is based is also on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The Hay Wain - John ConstableJohn Constable

The Hay Wain

Going to the Match by LS Lowry
The Lowry Centre, Salford

Lancashire born artist LS Lowry is most widely known for his depictions of every day working class life in the industrial areas in the North of England. Painted in 1953, Going to the Match was initially named Football Match and was painted for a competition run by the Professional Footballers Association (PFA). The PFA later bought it along with an earlier painting of the same name also showing crowds walking to a football ground, and a pencil drawing that was the study for the main work. All three are now on display in the Lowry Centre in Salford Quays, where the artist spent a large part of his life. The football ground in the painting is Burnden Park, once the home of Bolton Wanderers, located near Lowry’s childhood home. It is not a depiction of any match in particular as some parts represent real things, and the artist imagines some parts. Although best known for his ‘matchstick’ figures and crowd scenes Lowry also painted numerous empty landscapes, particularly during his time staying at the Seaburn Hotel, situated on the coast in Sunderland.

The Football MatchLS Lowry

Going to the Match

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