Cedric Morris: Artist Plantsman
18 April – 22 July 2018
An exquisite painter of flowers who influenced Lucian Freud, Cedric Morris is given the first major reassessment of his work in over 30 years.
A key figure in the Modern British avant-garde who counted Ben and Winifred Nicholson, John Nash and Christopher Wood among his friends, Morris was a painter of portraits, still-lifes and landscapes who travelled extensively.
However, he became best known for his paintings of flowers. Botany and horticulture were such a large part of his life that several plants were named after him and he cultivated over 90 new irises himself.
This exhibition explores how his distinctive works went beyond a purely technical interest in flowers, moving into an Expressionist mode with echoes of Surrealism and Cubism.