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Renoir in Britain exhibition brings international art to Woking

PUBLISHED: 11:59 04 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:59 04 March 2014

Lakeside Landscape by Pierre-Auguste Renoir - The National Gallery, London. Bequeathed by Helena and Kenneth Levy, 1990

Lakeside Landscape by Pierre-Auguste Renoir - The National Gallery, London. Bequeathed by Helena and Kenneth Levy, 1990

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The Hat-pin by Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonThe Hat-pin by Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Victoria and Albert Museum, London

In one of the undoubted highlights of the Surrey art calendar, an exhibition of work by of Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) opens at Woking’s Lightbox this month. Showcasing some of the artist’s most distinctive works held in British major public collections today, this is certainly one not to be missed.

Renoir first came to the attention of British art collectors in 1874 when two of his paintings were shown at an exhibition in London – the same year six of his works featured in the first Impressionist exhibition in Paris. Since that date, Renoir’s paintings, sculptures and drawings have been coveted by collectors in the UK and the world-over.

“The Lightbox is the first regional gallery to bring together a cohesive representation of the work of Renoir held in British collections”, says Pru Chambers, marketing manager of the art gallery. “It offers an exciting one-time chance to appreciate the stories behind how such great Impressionist art came to be in British galleries.”

Taking a chronological path through nearly 50 years of Renoir’s work, the exhibition will include paintings, sculpture and works on paper, explaining how some of his most significant works came to this country through the benevolence of their owners, and then found their way into public museums and galleries.

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Renoir in Britain, The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA, The exhibition runs from Saturday February 8 to Sunday April 20. Admission is free, with donations welcome. For more information, call 01483 737800 or visit the website at thelightbox.org.uk

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5 more Surrey art exhibitions from around our county

The Ballad of Skinny Lattes and Vintage Clothing Exhibition, an immersive six-movement installation presented by the Neo-Futurist Collective, can be seen at the Lewis Elton Gallery at the University of Surrey, Guildford, until Friday February 14. surrey.ac.uk/arts

Wonderful wildlife paintings by artist Tony Karpinski will be on show at The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, Shalford, until Friday February 28. All sales support endangered wildlife. davidshepherd.org

The life and work of John Ruskin will be celebrated at the Watts Gallery, Compton, in a landmark exhibition exploring how the medium of photography played a pivotal role in his work, from Tuesday February 4 to Sunday June 1. wattsgallery.org.uk

Formed in 2007, the West Surrey Artists will be holding an exhibition of their varied artwork in the gallery at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, running from Monday February 10 to Sunday February 16. denbies.co.uk

Sambae Serenità: Sizzling paintings and cool ceramics by Latin duo Stephanie Wilkinson and Carmela Kantorowicz will be on show at The Fountain Gallery, East Molesey, from Tuesday February 18 to Sunday March 2 (Closed Mondays). fountaingallery.co.uk

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