International Art


International Art

The backbone of the WAG's international collection is a group of 24 works from the late Gothic and Early Renaissance—19 panel paintings and 5 tapestries dating from the 15th and 16th centuries.

They are known as the Gort Collection after their donor, Standish Robert Gage Prendergast Vereker, 7th Viscount Gort. Lord Gort generously gifted these Northern Renaissance works to the WAG in 1973, although they had been in the Gallery’s care since 1954 on long-term loan. The Gort Collection contains wonderful examples of Northern Renaissance art largely from Belgium and Germany, with some representation of Austria and Spain. Typical of the period and region, they show particular attention to intricate passages of detail and complex symbolism, as well as some integration, though not complete, of linear perspective. Realism is emphasized in portraiture by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Nicolaus Neufchatel, and Bartholomaus Bruyn the Younger. The core of the collection, however, are religious paintings of such subjects as the Annunciation, Adoration, and various martyrdoms.

Beyond the Gort Collection, the WAG enjoys strong European representation of the 19th and 20th centuries. Key paintings by French artists Raoul Dufy, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Eugène-Louis Boudin, Marc Chagall, and Henri de Fantin-Latour are favourites with visitors. International sculpture features works such as the early 20th century abstract sculpture by Ukrainian-born avant-garde artist Alexander Archipenko, mid-century modernist pieces by British figural sculpture Henry Moore, and American minimalist works by Dan Flavin and Sol LeWitt.

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