Are the two arms fending others off, raised in shock, surrender, or falling to earth? From light comedy to accounts of executions and war crimes.
Can a single painting tell the viewer a story which they don’t already know? Examples from Holman Hunt, Degas, Orchardson, Collier and Chierici.
Humorous paintings of animals and children, and well-known stories such as Salome, and Don Quixote, leading to an inspiration for Surrealists.
Several wonderful paintings by Lovis Corinth, a couple by Franz von Stuck and Robert Henri – let laughter commence.
4500 years of paintings of geese, from Rubens’ flock seen at harvest time, to Gauguin’s complement to his landlady. And some superb paintings of wild geese on the wing.
A painter who specialised in depicting surprise, and works by John Collier, Lovis Corinth, and Stuart Pearson Wright complete this account.