Sheer Pleasure: Frank Brangwyn and the Art of Japan
4 February – 14 May 2017
Free to all
The artist's Japanese-style works go on display alongside the prints that inspired them.
Best known for the series of murals he created for Rockefeller Center in New York in the 1930s, the British artist and Royal Academician Frank Brangwyn had a passion for Japanese art and planned to open a gallery in Tokyo; an ambition he sadly never fulfilled.
Believing his mission as an artist was ‘to decorate life’, he produced 12,000 paintings, prints, illustrations, ceramics and pieces of furniture, a substantial holding of which he donated to the William Morris Gallery, which he supported not least in recognition of the fact that he had been an apprentice to Morris.
To mark the 150th anniversary of his birth the gallery will be showing a selection of his Japanese-influenced works alongside Japanese prints from the collection he amassed, not least works by Hokusai and Hiroshige.