Hornel: From Glasgow to Japan

After two years of closure, the Gallery at Pollok House will reopen with an exhibition on 'Glasgow Boy' artist Edward Atkinson Hornel and his trips to Japan in the 1890s and 1920s!

Hornel: From Glasgow to Japan

About Hornel: From Glasgow to Japan

24th Mar 2022 to 19th Jun 2022
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Pollok House
2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow South Side G43 1AT
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The exhibition will tell the story of how he portrayed Japan in his paintings, and the legacy of these experiences on his life and works back in Scotland.

Hornel holds an important place with the Trust. His home, Broughton House in Kirkcudbright, has been in our care since 1997. Its famous garden and rich collections have remained firm favourites and are amongst our most loved.

As part of the exhibition, 16 original works will be brought from Broughton House to Pollok House, many of them to be exhibited in Glasgow for the first time. The exhibition will open on 24 March and will close on 19 June 2022.

The new exhibition at Pollok House will take visitors on a journey from the rich art scene of 1890s Glasgow to the shores of Japan, which had then only recently permitted outside visitors. Glasgow’s passion for Japanese art and culture was led by the city’s influential art patrons such as dealer and agent Alexander Reid and collector Sir William Burrell, who, along with other wealthy individuals in the city, paid for Hornel’s first trip to Japan in 1893–4.

On Hornel’s travels he collected highly textured paintings of women and girls, depicted against densely worked landscapes in luminous, jewel-like colours which influenced Hornel’s trademark painting style. Alongside a selection of Hornel’s paintings from Broughton House, we will exhibit items from his extensive photographic collection. This will trace the evolution of his painting style from the 1880s to the late 1920s, showing the impact of photography and how his work was shaped by his encounters in Japan.

The exhibition has drawn on recent research into Hornel’s use of photography, which was crucial to his art. In many instances, Hornel copied poses directly from his collection of photographs onto the canvas. Photography influenced the formats of his canvases and the compositions of his works.

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