G F Watts: England's Michelangelo

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G F Watts: England's Michelangelo

20 June, 2017 to 26 November, 2017


Watts Gallery
Down Ln, Guildford, England GU3

G F Watts (1817 - 1904) had a career spanning over 70 years, and he inspired many household names including Rossetti, Tennyson, Leighton, Picasso, Lucian Freud and Barack Obama. Celebrating 200 years since his birth, England's Michelangelo explores Watts as a painter, social activist and philanthropist.

Explore the major themes of Watts's art: colour, cosmos and celebrity. View the artist's most striking masterpieces, borrowed from public and private collections and showcased in his own historic picture gallery. At the heart of the show are Watts's most ambitious allegorical and Symbolist works, including the iconic Hope and Love and Life.