Pauline in the Yellow Dress celebrates 70 years in Preston

Posted on - 12th November, 2014 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, What's On in Preston

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The Harris Museum & Art Gallery is celebrating 70 years since the purchase of one of its most popular paintings.

Along with the painting Pauline in the Yellow Dress, there is also the chance to see many other works that Sir James Gunn was inspired to create by his wife.

Alex Walker, Head of Arts and Heritage, Preston City Council said:  “The painting of Pauline in the Yellow Dress is hugely popular and is regarded with great affection by the people of Preston.

“This exhibition is a rare opportunity for all fans of Pauline and Sir James Gunn to see previously unseen portraits of Pauline, as well as the controversial yellow dress from our fashion collection.”

The painting was controversial upon its debut in 1944 due to the fact that rationing was underway. It was dubbed by some the Mona Lisa of 1944.

There will be a variety of free talks & tours to complement the exhibition:

8 November, 2-3pm Tour: 70 Years of Pauline. Lindsey McCormick, Fine Art Curator, will introduce the exhibition; the paintings featured and an insight into the artist, Sir James Gunn and his wife, Pauline. (Repeated on 12 November 12.30-1pm)

26 November, 12.30-1pm Tour: Pauline – Behind the Smile

10 December, 12.30-1pm Tour: Sir James Gunn and the Royal Academy

17 January, 12.30-1pm Tour: Bringing Pauline to Life – Sir James Gunn’s artistic practice.

22 January, 2-3pm Talk: Deconstructing the Yellow Dress with special guest, Preston-based designer, Rebecca UK.

11 February, 12.30-1pm Tour: Pauline – Dedicated Follower of Fashion

The exhibition is on show until 5pm, Saturday 28 February.

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