This too shall pass is a new exhibition curated by Dr Mary Knights, Senior Curator of Art, TMAG, that includes portraits and self-portraits along with paintings and artefacts that reflects on the inevitable transience of life, beauty and material things.
All of the portraits and still lives included in this exhibition have been drawn from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s art collection. One of the great strengths of this collection is the number of portraits and self-portraits. As well as recording physical features, they provide insights into the personalities, attitudes and aspirations of people, many of whom are long gone. The postures, gestures, clothing and various accoutrements — a golden ring, a satin ribbon, an open book — reveal social conventions from the sitter’s time, offer clues to their class, wealth and accomplishments, and expose how they wanted to be remembered. Often the artists’ opinions of the sitters can be gleaned from these paintings, and appear to range from respect and empathy through to disdain, indifference and sycophantic flattery.
So there is a lot to see and to talk about! Join us for an enlightening presentation by Mary Knights, after which she will walk through the exhibition with us.
ABOVE: James Gleeson (1915-2008)
Nest of premonitions, 1987
oil on canvas
183 x 274cm
Purchased with funds provided by the Art Foundation of Tasmania and the Friends of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.