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THE ARTWORLD

NEWS, VIEWS, INFORMATION AND SPECIAL EVENTS IN THE ART WORLD
John Everett Millais Isabella, 1849, oil on canvas, 40½×56¼in (103×142.8cm)

The world’s longest running annual exhibition of contemporary art, The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition has been held in London every year, without exception, since 1769. The story of this historic show is brought to life in a special exhibition to mark its 250th anniversary. The Great Spectacle: 250 Years of the Summer Exhibition will include over 80 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints spanning the past 250 years by such great names as Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, Singer Sargent, Blake and Hockney. Arranged chronologically, the exhibition focuses on significant moments within the art world as well as on pictures that experienced particular success or failure on the crowded walls of the Royal Academy. John Singer Sargent’s portrait of the author Henry James, for example, was famously slashed with a meat cleaver by the suffragette, Mary Wood in the Summer Exhibition of 1914. Mary’s protest against the lack of political representation for women led her to attack the Royal Academy and its association with an artistic male elite. There is also an opportunity to see Sir Winston Churchill’s Winter Sunshine, Chartwell, submitted in 1947 under the pseudonym David Winter.

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Welcome to our summer issue in which our team of top professional artists and tutors offer a sparkling range of inspirational features to help you create your best work over the summer months. Capture the sparkle of silver light on water with Chris Rose, enliven your watercolours with moving figures with Jake Winkle, use contre-jour for dramatic effect with Jo Quigley, paint spring and summer trees in watercolour with Ian Sidaway, or a coastal scene in acrylics with Paul Talbot-Greaves. Julie Collins goes back to basics with a look at colour theory and pigments, Ann Witheridge suggests using an extended palette for portraits, Amanda Hyatt offers a variety of tricks to help you produce better watercolours and there is a host of exercises to try throughout the issue. All this and much more, plus don't forget to enter this month's summer sketching challenge set by Adebanji Alade on page 46, for a chance to win a £50 voucher to spend on art materials with GreatArt!