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“A significant yet controversial character in the art world - warts and all”

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.
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“A significant yet controversial character in the art world - warts and all”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

Alfred Munnings is a fascinating character. Gifted, talented, connected, an aristocrat who was also a bully and a philistine. A really mad mix. His paintings are glorious, yet as President of the Royal Academy was forced to resign as a result iof his public and trenchant views on 'modern' art - in particular his dismissal at a dinner with Sir EWinston Churchill of one of art' most gifted andable visionaries - Piccasso. His paintings live and breath whatever they depict. Yet at the same time, as a man, he was horrid. Visit this fascinating exhibition/museum in his own home and try to get your head around a complex and troubled man. One of England's great 20th Century painters. But a horrible, horrible man. How do the two go together? Make your own mind up.

Visited June 2012
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Thaxted, United Kingdom
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“A compact display of attractive paintings in the artist's home”
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.

Visited August 2012
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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“They have wonderful Munnings Paintings in his former home. His studio is set out just as if he has just moved out.”
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

Visited November 2011
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