This is the first major exhibition in over 35 year of the distinctive work of Harold Gilman, an 'English post-impressionist'.
This exhibition focuses on the last decade of Gilman's life – he died aged just 43 during the influenza epidemic – when he left behind the formality of the Camden Town Group in favour of the vitality of French post-impressionism with its thickly applied paint and vivid colours. In his realist but enigmatic mature work, the influence of Van Gogh and Édouard Vuillard can be seen.
Intimate compositions of urban domestic interiors with heavily patterned wallpapers and female figures capture the essence of his subjects – an approach that led to him being called the 'Vuillard of London'. His paintings also comment on radical social change around the First World War, including shifting perceptions of gender and class, and urban living standards.
The exhibition includes over 50 works, including several alternative versions and the famous Maple Street interiors which feature Gilman's charlady, Mrs Mounter.