Exhibition

Storytellers

November 2010 – June 2011

Storytellers explores the narrative genre popular during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and includes collection favourites such as van der Velden's The Dutch funeral.

It's said that every picture tells a story. Painters of the narrative genre popular with Victorian and Edwardian audiences in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries often drew heavily on symbolism to provide clues and cues that allowed the viewer to read the story behind the painting.

Christchurch Art Gallery's collection includes a number of historical works in which a storyline embedded within the composition is visually communicated to the viewer. Examples include collection favourites like Petrus van der Velden's The Dutch funeral, Henrietta Rae's Doubts and George Dunlop's In the wizard's garden.

Related

Exhibition
Brought to Light: A New View of the Collection

Brought to Light: A New View of the Collection

Our upstairs collection galleries have undergone an exciting and dynamic redesign – the first full rehang of the collection since Christchurch Art Gallery opened in its new building in 2003.

Notes
Petrus is back

Petrus is back

Petrus van der Velden's The Dutch funeral – one of the Gallery's most popular paintings – is back on display today as part of the Storytellers exhibition.