The Small Paintings Group Virtual Exhibition
The Small Paintings Group are hosting a virtual exhibition of work by members on their website during July and August.
Now in its 31st year, The Small Paintings Group is bringing together the best of British painters of small, cabinet size art, by launching a new online selling exhibition of works by its members, opening on July 1.
Membership consists of a maximum of 35 eclectic artists, many of whom also belong to other exhibiting societies such as the NEAC, RWS, RBA.
The paintings are limited to 30x30cms, thus producing small intimate ‘cabinet’ paintings. Their compact size makes them both ideal for domestic interiors and very affordable.
There is a long tradition of collecting small scale paintings in Britain.
Many of the Grand Tour travellers in the eighteenth century purchased such works from the Bamboccianti or Bentvoeghels in Rome.
The Bamboccianti were a loose and convivial group of northern, mainly Dutch and Flemish, artists working in and around Rome who produced works the size of a 'palma di mano' - a man's hand - convenient for Milord to take back home.
They are the small jewels of many major collections at Dulwich, the Wallace, Kenwood and the National Gallery as well as numerous stately homes.
Works will be available to reserve and buy online from the 1st of July.
Image credit: Mother and Child, Linda Sutton MA(RCA)