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  • Marie Laurencin
    Despite being closely associated with Picasso, Apollinaire and Gertrude Stein and exhibiting with the Salon cubists in the early twentieth century, Marie Laurencin has been largely excluded from art historical scholarship.

    The poet, Apollinaire, with whom she had a brief affair, described her paintings as ‘quintessentially feminine’. Laurencin often worked in a palette of soft pastel colours to depict eroticised, nymph-like young girls such as in Elegant Ball, Dance in the Country (1913). Her paintings of this type have been largely mis-interpreted as conforming to traditional gender norms in both form and content, with no place in feminist art history. However, a more recent biographical study of Laurencin, by Elizabeth Louise Khan has revealed more detailed aspects of the artist’s sexuality and the potential homo-erotic aspects in her paintings of groups of women. Khan claims that for this reason, ‘As a subject in the history of art, Marie Laurencin is worth the scholarly effort because she complicated rather than codifies our academic methodologies, and she further reminds us of how unwittingly we can be fixed in our current politically comfortable niches.’ Moreover, the compositional similarities between Picasso’s widely acclaimed Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) and Laurencin’s Young Girls (1910-11) reveals the art historical significance of her painting.

    Leyden Gallery is extremely proud to be showing a print by Laurencin, depicting the writer Charlotte Brontë in its current summer exhibition. An extremely interesting artist, whose work is ripe for further scholarly attention, we are pleased to be promoting Laurencin in our gallery along with a number of contemporary women artists so that their work can be seen in a cross-generational dialogue.


    Young Girls, 1910-11
    #MarieLaurencin #artist #salon #cubists #picasso #gertrudeStein #CharlotteBronte #summersalon #leydengallery #london #womenartists #painter #artist #artforsale #london #exhibition #gallery #feminist #arthistory #art #contemporary #avantgarde #classical #women #print

  • Another one bites the dust in our neighbourhood. There are new developments All around us at Leyden Gallery
    Another new hotel for Aldgate who’d have thought it!
    Our vibrant island space that is Leyden Gallery in the midst of the historic Petticoat Lane market is getting even busier.


    #Aldgate #spitalfields #leydengallery #development #london #norest #nonstop #new #hotel #construction #demoliton #rubble #gazing #buildit #anotheronebitesthedust #petticoatlane #space #architecture #newclients #visitors

  • Summer Salon @ Leyden Gallery opening Soon 1-25 June PV Tues 31 May
    join us for this annual Summer Show

    An exhibition which showcases a sensational array of work from both established artists and an exciting and eclectic group of upcoming artists, several of whom have previously appeared in Platform for Emerging Arts exhibitions at Leyden Gallery. A feature of this remarkable exhibition will be the mixture of classical and contemporary artworks
    Here is ‘Suspended Animation’ by Lauren Jetty

    #Crossstitch #Vermeer #rectoverso #back #front #london #summersalon2016 #exhibition #artspaces #collector #onetowatch #art #artist #artisttowatch #laurenjetty #platformforemergingarts All enquiries info@leydengallery.com.

  • ‘Florissant’ by James Melloy for the Detroit exhibition @leyden_gallery on until May 21

    A series of paintings on show have been named after the suburbs of Detroit. Detroit as a title acts as something both real and mythic. The three-colour palette used in this group of paintings echoes the optimism and melancholy of Detroit.

    #Congratulations #JamesMelloy #Detroit #AncientMonuments #Solo #Exhibition #haze #azure #suburbs #Florissant #Belleville #Delray #Utica #AuburnHills #Inkster #Roseville #RiverRouge #PleasantRidge #colour #optimism #melancholy #abstract #painting #art #real #mythic #London #gallery #buyart #collectart #artisttowatch #onetowatch #SOLD

    All enquiries to info@leydengallery.com

  • Detail from ‘Ancient Monuments’ painting by James Melloy for Detroit exhibition @leyden_gallery on until May 21

    A group of paintings entitled Ancient Monuments are seen as if through a heat haze, this group of paintings represents thoughts around a collective human experience given witness through columns, pediments and plinths of ancient architecture.

    #JamesMelloy #Detroit #AncientMonuments #Solo #Exhibition #haze #azure #ancient #monuments #colour #abstract #painting #architecture #plinths #pediments #london #gallery #art #onetowatch #artisttowatch All enquiries to info@leydengallery.com

  • Detroit |James Melloy opens Today until 21 May. Here is the paining ‘Belleville’ & seen in detail. Part of the new Detroit series of paintings, which can be seen alongside Melloy’s 'Ancient Monument’ series of work @leydengallery

    Detroit stands for something both mythic and real. A place both known and unknown through contemporary narratives and images. The three colour palette echoes the optimism and melancholy of Detroit.

    A fabulous PV last night, thanks to all who attended and to Rinascimento Wines for drink sponsoring with their delicious boutique Italian wines.

    #Detroit #JamesMelloy #Leydengallery #exhibition #ancientmonuments #colour #abstractart #emergingartist #onetowatch #artisttowatch #supportartists #buyart #collectart #investinart #london #gallery #Donotmiss #painting #show

  • Detroit | James Melloy @leyden_gallery opening soon!
    PV Tues 26 email info@leydengallery.com to get on the guest list

    Pre-view of a painting waiting to be hung

    A truly great show by a brilliant new talent we a thrilled to be showing this work all enquiries to us at the email above.

    #splendid #abstractart #painting #talent
    #Donotmiss #opportunity #investinart #supportartists #artisttowatch #goldsmiths #goldsmithsuniversity #alumni #graduate #solo #exhibition #london #gallery #leydengallery #vibrant #new #artists #establishedartists #dynamic #show #Detroit #JamesMelloy #exhibition

  • Leyden Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new painting from James Melloy

    27 April - 21 May
    PV Tues 26 April RSVP info@leydengallery.com

    Detroit, as a city, and a lost way of life, becomes the metaphor for Melloy’s work. It feels that something better might just burst through, that once again it will be the grassroots rebuilding that sees the humanity and optimism return to the city. The paintings, imbued with complex interpretations of the city further provoke urgent questions of austerity and production whilst speaking of the fragility of human existence.

    #Detroit #JamesMelloy #painting #exhibition #gloss #aluminum #production #art #handmade #fragile #positive #city #artist #breakthrough #talent #london #gallery #buyart #supportartists #collectart #emergingartist #collectable #affordableart #goldsmithsuniversity #graduate #new #leydengallery #spitalfields #eastlondon

  • Edgar Degas (1834-1917) a great artist who made us see through his art practice an expanded world of the everyday. Of the lives of dancers and women … milliners, bathers etc,; his art was that of a psychological complexity and ideas of isolation are developed and explored in his portraits.

    Which Degas artworks do you love to see because they make you see?

    #Degas #art #seeing #marycassatt #portraits #vision #psychological #complex #artist #woman #womeninart #french #paris #american #nineteenthcentury #everyday #quotidian #looking #provoke #see

  • Thrilled to have this beautiful lithograph by Marie Laurencin @leyden_gallery. This portrait of Charlotte Brontë was made in 1930.

    Marie Laurencin (31 October 1883 – 8 June 1956) was a French painter and printmaker. She became an important figure in the Parisian avant-garde as a member of the Cubists associated with the Section d'Or.

    ‘Charlotte’ lithograph in colours, signed in pencil, printed title, & numbered 6/115.

    All enquiries to info@leydengallery.com Thrilled to now have a beautiful lithograph by Marie Laurencin @leyden_gallery. This portrait of Charlotte Brontë was made in 1930.

    Marie Laurencin (31 October 1883 – 8 June 1956) was a French painter and printmaker. She became an important figure in the Parisian avant-garde as a member of the Cubists associated with the Section d'Or.

    'Charlotte’ lithograph in colours, signed in pencil, printed title, & numbered 6/115.

    All enquiries to info@leydengallery.com

    #MarieLaurencin #lithograph #CharlotteBronte #French #Artist #Paris #avantgarde #cubist #sectiondor #portrait #print #printmaking #drawing #apollinaire #muse #art #womanartist #london #gallery #leydengallery #spitalfields #buyart #collectart

  • Have you visited the new #ArtBar @leyden_gallery yet? #seductive & #inviting #atmosphere #art #bar #spitalfields #wine #aperol #asahi #delicious #membersclub #unique #niche #location #events #nightout #london

  • Joan Eardley ‘The Pedlar’s Stand’ is now in the Leyden Gallery collection
    mixed media on paper, 16x11cm

    Aside from her favoured depictions of children in the tenements of Glasgow, Eardley also produced images of local figures such as the pedlars & hawkers.

    #JoanEardley
    Glasgow #Artist #Scottish #KelvingroveArtGallery #NationalGalleryofScotland #Scottish #Artists #WomenArtists #1950s #art

  • Phenomenal fun night at our Christmas Sybarite Nights Party last night. Art galleries should always be this much fun and great places for people of all generations to come together. It was a truly wonderful way to celebrate the year so far and enjoy such talented performers … Amazing world-class classical musicians from Ensemble x.y –were nothing less than spectacular: Lydia Hillerudh (cello) - Hindemith solo sonata & Lydia Hillerudh & Christine Buras (cello and voice) - excerpts from ‘A Wreath of Thyme’ by James Kallembach

    The stunning French artist Sarah Manesse was exquisite & her rendition of Radiohead Creep was mesmerising

    Seasonal choral from the rockin Vyla Rollins brought all to their feet and she is now affectionately known to us as Mistress Vyla.

    The incredible talent of Greg Williams - poet singer/songwriter of mellifluous angst performed his own beautifully crafted songs

    Regular as clockwork Dr. Martin #StrawberryPatchSally stole the show with #Amore 😂

    Resident king of crooners the legendary Michael Myers #LegendaryCrooner cool tunes Sorry for all who missed this great night. I know some of you had other commitments at this time of year. Love to All ❤️ #sybaritenights #leydengallery #Christmas #party #performance #music #friends #family #intergenerational #fun #live #love #gallery #life #art #WinterSalon #beautiful and #sales @christopherkettle @johntombstone 😀 (at Leyden Gallery)

  • The brilliant and beautiful Winter Salon @leyden_gallery opens Today! Such a vast array of talent skill and sheer beauty resonates from the gallery with a great range of art and artists. Some well-established names such as #PaulaRego #WilhelminaBarnsGraham #RobertWeirAllan #NanGoldin #VivienneKoorland & some fabulous emerging talents #SarahMuirhead #JamesMelloy #AtsukoNakamura #HilaryEllis #ChristopherKettle amongst many more. Visit everyday Tues-Sat 11-7 until 16 Jan 2016. #WinterSalon #art #exhibition #London #buyart #contemporaryart #eclectic #painting #drawing #print #sculpture #oilpainting #acrylic #biro #handmade #gifts #Christmas #christmasgiftideas #artgifts contact us for further details info@leydengallery.com or visit us online

  • Television coverage of our recent exhibition #sailingtobyzantium will be screening tonight 8.30pm repeating Thursday at 10.30pm and Sunday at 11.30am - you can see it on @irishtv #OutandAboutintheUK #currentaffairs programme. Thanks to all involved including the #EmbassyofIreland and ambassador #DanielMulhall #fiongunn #curator #irish #chinese #art #artists #Yeats2015 #WBYeats #poetry #painting #exhibition #leydengallery #london

  • New Life Drawing group class starting at Leyden Gallery from Saturday 5 Dec at 11.30 to 13.30 every week until March. Following the success and demand for a life drawing group during our #redefiningbeauty exhibition we have collaborated with the #nudeforthought group to bring regular #lifedrawing opportunities to the gallery. Contact us to book a place - limited availability. All materials provided and two members of Nude for thought there to guide - Just £10 for each session. #London #LifeDrawingClass #nudemodel #drawingmaterials improve #drawingskills in a #safe #comfortable #environment #malemodel #leydengallery #initiative #newventure #collaboration #timeoutlondon #feature

  • #Serenity & detail of Serenity painting by @leonrhart part of his solo exhibition only on until end of today Call in for this opportunity to encounter amazing textural colours and sounds as the show is accompanied by music written specially by #MarkEstall #London #music #producer #leonHart #painting #art #exhibition #emerging #talent #contemporaryart #abstract #texture #colour #sound #dialoguesinart #donotmiss #spitalfields #lastday

  • #LeydenGallery No #UrbanArt just #urbanlife on the #boundary between #CityofLondon & #TowerHamlets Come & visit… #greatart #established & #emerging #artists in a real #community #gallery #space

  • #NudeforThought are in the house! Artist #MartinIreland one of 14 artists exhibiting in #ReDefiningBeauty opening 3rd Nov @leyden_gallery #leydengallery @nudeforthought #lifedrawing #workshops 7 Nov @whitechapelgallery #FirstThursdays #walkingMap #Tour 5 Nov we’re #OpenLate for #Art & #Drinks #Wine #Prosecco #Beer #beautiful #redefined #male #nude #body #London #DoNotMiss #lgbt #support #artists

  • #SailingToByzantium exhibition on until 31 Oct #WalkingMan by #AnnetteHennessey #Electrum by #JamesMelloy #SeanCampbell #otherworldly glass artworks & #PamelaHardesty beautiful #worksonpaper with gold and thread are just a small part of the visual feast that makes up the whole of this show. #IrishWave #china #WBYeats #yeats2015 #Ireland #artists #international #show #london #contemporaryart #supportartists #thingstodo #friday #eastlondon #city

  • ‘Border of Consciousness’ #salt #soaked #atlas of only #seas by #AtsukoNakamura gets a visit from #SeanCampbell figures in #SailingToByzantium opens Today until 31 Oct #yeats2015 #WBYeats #IrishWave #Ireland #China #Irish #Chinese #international #artists #japanese #British #art #celebrating #Poet #Yeats @leyden_gallery #leydengallery #london #eastlondon #contemporaryart

  • Artist @rachael.cochrane Untitled (Red Brick Installation) (2015) hangs balanced precariously from the steel girder in #leydengallery for the current #PlatformforEmergingArts #8 @leyden_gallery exhibition - Closes Today! #rachaelcochrane ’s work has an architectural narrative that informs a sculptural practice. Repetition of the modular is an element which is present throughout most of Rachael’s installations. #emergingartists #sculpture #installation #architectural #platform8 #london #gallery #eastlondon #uncanny #familiar #unfamiliar #scale #red #brick

  • Chantal Akerman a giant in filmmaking - we are changed by her work, by seeing the world through the prism of her lens … recognising our own gestures. She pioneered in giving us a Woman’s Cinema for Everyone. I will miss her - RIP #ChantalAkerman #JeanneDielman

  • Getting ready for our new show opening tomorrow night - #installation #sculpture #setup @rachael.cochrane one of eight emerging artists in #platform8 @leyden_gallery #contemporaryart #supportartists #eastlondon #gallery #international #emerging #art

  • Getting ready for our next show ‘Platform for Emerging Arts #8’ great line-up of #eight #new #emerging #artists #international #group #show #platform #exhibition #east #london #gallery #contemporaryart #supportartists #buyart #investinart #Finland #Denmark #France #England #Wales #sclpture #painting #drawing #textiles #mixed #media #love #art opens 7 -17 October thanks to our drinks sponsor #vedett @vedett

  • Watching a bit of telly when these two lovely guys appear! #Youngfathers - great portraits painted by the fantastic #SarahMuirhead for #leydenGallery show #Bonded with #PaulaRego & #LeonorFini Rare opportunity to own great art of and by brilliant artists #winwin contact @leyden_gallery info@leydengallery.com #London #Scotland #art #music

  • Truly stunning paintings adorn the gallery walls in our current exhibition. Here is Festoon (of Fruit and Flora) - these paintings by #ChrisKettle are inspired by the composition & drama of 17th & 18th century painters like Jan Van Huysem - here is a beautiful new and subversive approach to Still Life painting by a contemporary artist revitalising an historical genre for a modern audience. #DoNotMiss #desirable #art #StillLife #skill #Talent #light #dark #fruit #flowers #painting #contemporaryart #Brighton #Artist #London #Gallery #greatart #buyart #SupportArt #classic #modern #Spitalfields #EastEnd #cityoflondon #festoon #love #beautiful #colour #depth

  • Great Still Life painting by Brian Henderson in our current show ‘Approaching Still Life’ this two- person exhibition with #ChristopherKettle is on until 3rd Oct Please contact @leyden_gallery to enquire about this work on: info@leydengallery.com #DoNotMiss #StillLife #revitalised for a #contemporary #audience #love #greatart #painting #style #congratulations #collectart #Scottish #Artist #London #Gallery #EastEnd #Shoreditch #Spitalfields #life #art #glass #light #reflections #skill #Talent

  • A sneak peek at what is coming to #LeydenGallery soon, just one of 13 new beautiful Still Life paintings by #ChristopherKettle Absolutely stunning! //Previews 15 Sept \ #stilllife #flowers #art #painting #oilpainting #new #beautiful #collectart #buyart #London #Exhibition #Gallery #classic #genre #Talent #brilliant #newpainting #Shoreditch #Spitalfields #beautifulbizarre #lush #fecund #rich #opulent #wealth #beauty #colour #light #dark #greatart #onetowatch @christopherkettle contact @leyden_gallery for all enquiries