The Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh said that ‘Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.’ For From the Painter’s Soul, South Shields Museum and Art Gallery presents a selection of some of the art works from the collection that demonstrate, through a variety of subjects and styles, something of this power and poetry of art.
Included are some popular favourites such as Harold C Harvey’s Blackberrying and John Wilson Carmichael’s Westoe Village as well as some lesser-known works that have not been shown recently, or are new to display, such as Frank Thomas Carter’s The Head of the Lake (Derwentwater), and the sketchbook and book of Instructions on Sketching and Painting by James Miller Brown, who painted many of his works from a studio in South Shields.
When South Shields Museum first opened in 1876, there was only a small number of paintings in the collection. Since then, the number of paintings, drawings and prints has grown through purchases, gifts and bequests. Thomas Reed (1852-1933), a local collector, was a particularly generous benefactor and left a significant bequest in 1921, of which a number of works features in this exhibition.