Cecil Beaton, 'Cecil Beaton and Christian Bérard', 1938, silver gelatin print. © The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s.


Pavel Tchelitchew, 'Portrait - Nature Morte', c1930, pen, ink and brown wash on paper. © The Artist's Estate, courtesy of Whitford Fine Art.


Marc Camille Chaimowicz, 'Orchid: Chapter One, III (World Interiors)', 2008, hand printed screen print, offset silkscreen and varnish. © The Artist, courtesy of Cabinet Gallery.


Linder, 'Superautomatisme Ballets Russes I', 2015, enamel on magazine page. © The Artist, courtesy of Stuart Shave/Modern Art.


Elizabeth Peyton, 'Flower (After Moreau)', 2014, original lithograph on paper. © The Artist, courtesy of Sadie Coles.

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Robert Medley, 'Standing Figure Group', undated (1980s), oil on canvas. © The Artist's Estate, courtesy of James Hyman Fine Art.


Alessandro Raho, 'Ben', 2013, oil on canvas. © The Artist, courtesy of Alison Jacques Gallery.


'Rudolf Nureyev', 1982 photograph by Snowdon, Type C print © Armstrong Jones. Syndication Trunk Archive.


Silke Otto-Knapp, 'Winterforest', 2010, watercolour and gouache on canvas. © The Artist, courtesy of Greengrassi.


Kaye Donachie, 'Anchored by day, drawn in at night', 2010, oil on canvas. © The Artist, courtesy of Maureen Paley.


John Deakin, 'Untitled (Timothy Behrens)', c1963, gelatin-silver print. © The John Deakin Archive.

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Jack Pierson, 'Tim', 1998, Type C print © The Artist, courtesy of Cheim & Read.

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Patrick Procktor, 'Pure Romance', 1968, oil on canvas. © The Artist's Estate, courtesy of The Redfern Gallery.

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Christopher Wood, 'House in Brittany', 1929, pencil on paper. Image courtesy The Redfern Gallery.

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Keith Vaughan, 'Yorkshire Lane with Figures', 1945, gouache. © The Artist's Estate, courtesy of Osborne Samuel Fine Art.


Derek Jarman, 'Untitled (Seed Pod/Corn Circle), 1991, oil and mixed media on canvas. © The Artist's Estate, courtesy of Wilkinson Gallery.

Pure Romance

• A group show at The Redfern Gallery, London, 2nd February – 3rd March 2016.

The exhibition consists of works by the following sixteen artists:

Cecil Beaton; Marc Camille Chaimowicz; John Deakin; Kaye Donachie; Derek Jarman; Linder; Robert Medley; Silke Otto-Knapp; Elizabeth Peyton; Jack Pierson; Patrick Procktor; Alessandro Raho; Snowdon; Pavel Tchelitchew; Keith Vaughan; Christopher Wood.

Pure Romance examines a romantic sensibility, in paintings, photographs and works on paper dating from the 1920’s to the present-day. It is a sensibility with roots in a particular strand of Englishness, its early manifestations found in the art and literature of Hilliard, Milton and Blake, and in the supernatural magic of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest. In the twentieth century it has been influenced by the poetic fantasies of European surrealism and the heightened artifice of Hollywood film. It finds inspiration in theatre, in the emotional compression of the ballet, in classical form and mythology, and in visions of Arcadia. Amongst its presiding spirits are Wilde, Cocteau and Proust. The work is often exemplified by painterly light and colour, by a lightness of touch that is both intimate and fragile. Certain works suggest the atmospherics of dream or reverie; and of a longing for idyll or utopia, expressed in private, sometimes transgressive, language. Amongst the artists shown here there are many connections in theme, sensibility and intent, each of them sympathetic to a Baudelairean ideal: ‘to distil the eternal from the transitory.’

• Press coverage for Pure Romance:

‘Normally I’d strenuously avoid any romance-themed show opening just before Valentine’s Day, but the range and sheer quality of works brought together by curator Ian Massey transcend the cheesiness of its timing.’
From Louisa Buck’s review for The Art Newspaper (12th February 2016):

The show was also reviewed by Robin Muir for The World of Interiors (February 2016), and by Louisa Buck for The Telegraph:


• The slideshow shows a sample of works from the show.

• An illustrated catalogue is available from The Redfern Gallery.

Posted in: Curatorial Projects, Pure Romance