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“A compact display of attractive paintings in the artist's home”

The Munnings Art Museum
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Dedham
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Owner description: Alfred Munnings' lifetime spanned the late Victorian era through to the Atomic Age and in that epic arc of an increasingly modern world his art and lifestyle held firm to a traditional pastoral and rurally-inspired sensibility. Widely known for his paintings of horses and of horse-racing, the scope of Munnings' talent also produced iconic rural scenes which have the lyrical power to transport those who visit The Munnings Art Museum back in time to a lost world where people worked the land with horses and made time to delight in a lazy drift along an autumnal river. The museum, in the artist's former home and studio, presents carefully curated displays, from its comprehensive collection of Munnings' work, charting the artist's life and career: from his childhood at Mendham Mill in Suffolk, through his training at Norwich School of Art and as a commercial illustrator's apprentice, and finally to the work for which he is globally recognised. The chronological displays are complemented by two galleries, which have been recently refurbished, dedicated to a special exhibition entitled: 'Munnings and the Horse'. This exhibition examines the way in which the artist created his horse pictures, from basic drawings through to painted sketches and fully finished canvases. It also includes examples of his sculpture, a medium in which he rarely worked.
Reviewed September 25, 2012

This is a real find in the pretty countryside around Dedham Vale. Housed in the artist's own house, this is a compact, manageable set of his paintings - country scenes, horses of various sorts, portraits and so on. There is also personal memorabilia. We prefer to see this size of collection, rather than the huge number in big galleries, which you can't really take in. Very representative of Munnings. His style is a sort of English, 20th century impressionism - reminiscent of Renoir. We thought the entrance fee was very reasonable for an attraction - not so expensive that we had money over to buy a guide book, postcards and a cup of tea. The gardens are a pleasant surrounding for the house, but are not especially noteworthy. There is also a studio in which the artist worked. There were some very knowledgeable volunteers on duty on the day we visited, which added to our enjoyment.

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Reviewed September 7, 2012

We have been their many many times mainly for Functions which have been wonderful events. The Trustees are doing a great job but feel this should be open for longer hours

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