Interpretations of physical beauty in painting through the ages, from the luscious opulence of the Pre-Raphaelites to the present day.

An exhibition inspired by the recent acquisition of a painting by the internationally acclaimed South African artist Marlene Dumas. Back To, 2011, is a watercolour depicting the tragic musician Amy Winehouse who died two years ago. There is a sensual romanticism to the painting, caused by her loose brushwork and pale, watery colours that bleed into a thick black outline.

In recent years Dumas has become one of the most important figures in contemporary painting. Her portrait of Winehouse goes on show with pictures from the Laing Art Gallery collection including a portrait of a Turkish prostitute by the Pre-Raphaelite artist John Frederick Lewis.

Laing Art Gallery

New Bridge Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 8AG

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Sun, 2pm – 5pm

Closed 25 – 28 Dec & 1 Jan

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