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11 October 2011

See the Cyril Mann Tribute Exhibition

Over in West London, the Piano Nobile Gallery is currently hosting a great exhibition by British painter Cyril Mann (1911-1980), showcasing some of his rare pre- and post-war paintings of London including the fantastic 1948 piece 'St Paul’s from Moor Lane', showing the area in the period just after the War.

The show presents a range of different interesting pieces, in various different styles, including some also painted in Paris, and is a real treat for the amateur gallery visitor. For some perspective from someone who appreciates these things with a better critical eye, readers should have a look at the latest post on Jane's London.

Cyril Mann sounds like a fascinating chap, and his widow Renske tells your author that her late husband was inspired by the way sunlight and shadows transformed London. He also spent much of his life working from his council flat rather than a studio, fearing he would lose inspiration if he moved to a studio, and only really went on to achieve wider success after his untimely death, now being represented in galleries as diverse as the Guildhall Museum & Art Gallery, the William Morris Gallery, and the the British Museum Prints Department.

The Cyril Mann Exhibition is at the Piano Nobile Gallery until October 31. For more, see http://www.piano-nobile.com/exhibitions/exhibsframe.htm

^Picture provided by Renske Mann^

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