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John Henry Lorimer Exhibition 2021

City Art Centre, Edinburgh, 6 November 2021 to 20 March 2022

The Flight of the Swallows, oil on canvas, 1906 by John Henry Lorimer  (1856-1936).  City Art Centre, Museums and Galleries Edinburgh.
The Flight of the Swallows

The Flight of the Swallows, oil on canvas, 1906 by John Henry Lorimer (1856-1936).

City Art Centre, Museums and Galleries Edinburgh.

Reflections: The Light and Life of John Henry Lorimer, set to run from 6th November 2021 to 20th March 2022, will be the first exhibition dedicated to Scottish artist John Henry Lorimer (1856-1936).

The exhibition will explore Lorimer’s work through five key themes: light, identity, family, femininity and home. 'I came up with the structure of the exhibition long before the pandemic began,' says co-curator Charlotte Lorimer, 'but as the virus spread and the world changed, my faith in these themes became even stronger. For a lot of people, light or nature, family or friends, and home or safety are the foundation for happiness and healing. Identity is something that is always in flux and fascinating to explore, while so-called "feminine" elements of identity - kindness, compassion, humility - are key to building a more empathetic, stronger society'.

Over the years, the Scottish public has shown a lot of support for the artist, voting Spring Moonlight at the Kirkcaldy Galleries and The Flight of the Swallows (pictured above) at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh as their favourite paintings in the galleries’ permanent collections.

'Here at the City Art Centre, we are really excited to be hosting the first ever major exhibition devoted to the work of John Henry Lorimer' says co-curator David Patterson. “His work, which is so often overlooked in favour of his more radical contemporaries, is technically brilliant and his elegant interiors and light-filled landscapes will uplift everyone’s spirits during the winter months'.

Funds for the conservation, transport and installation of paintings held in Scotland and England have now been secured from various trusts and foundations. Further funds must be raised to cover the costs associated with Grandmother’s Birthday, the first painting by a Scottish artist to be bought by the French Government, currently held at the Musée d’Orsay. To help us bring this extraordinary painting from Paris to Edinburgh, please consider making a donation to our crowdfunding campaign. All donations will go towards the safe transport and return of Grandmother’s Birthday (click title to view painting). We would also be delighted if you share this information with others.

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