A painting regarded as the crowning achievement of William Stott of Oldham (1857-1900) is the centrepiece of a new exhibition at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids from 24 February to 2 September 2018.
Le Passeur (The Ferryman) 1881, which is being displayed as part of a tour of UK galleries in partnership with Tate, has been secured for the British public thanks to funding from National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Art Fund (with a contribution from The Wolfson Foundation) and The Hintze Family Charitable Foundation.
Le Passeur (The Ferryman) 1881, William Stott of Oldham (1857–1900). Photo © Tate. Purchased with funds provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Art Fund (with a contribution from The Wolfson Foundation) and The Hintze Family Charitable Foundation 2016.
The painting is considered one of the key moments in the breakthrough of British Art to naturalism. It established Stott as one of the most progressive British artists of his day.
Le Passeur will be one of three works from Tate’s collections to be shown at Oriel y Parc, with a watercolour of St David’s Head by J.M.W. Turner also on display to commemorate the Year of the Sea in Wales.
These will be exhibited alongside paintings from the collections of Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, which have been chosen to explore some of the hidden meanings behind images of rural life and landscape.
These will include The Goose Girl at Gruchy by Jean-François Millet (1814-1875), one of the most notable French Realists of the 19th century.
William Stott was a leading figure in the group of British artists who came under the influence of French naturalism in the late nineteenth century. After Manchester School of Art, he trained in Paris under Bonnat and Gérôme and went on to exhibit a number of paintings at the Paris Salon, which were much admired by French critics.
Watch the video above to hear Tate Curator Alison Smith discuss William Stott of Oldham and Le Passeur (The Ferryman).
There are 23 paintings in British public collections by Stott, the majority of which are in Gallery Oldham, the artist’s home town. This work joins one other in Tate’s collection by Stott, Prince or Shepherd? (Prince ou Berger?) 1880, which will also be exhibited at Oriel y Parc.
The display at Oriel y Parc is part of a tour of four UK-partner galleries, thanks to funding from National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the John Ellerman Foundation and Art Fund. The work will also be exhibited at Southampton City Art Gallery, Gallery Oldham and Aberdeen Art Gallery.
The exhibition titled William Stott of Oldham, Le Passeur (The Ferryman): Reflections on a landscape will be on display at Oriel y Parc from 24 February to 2 September 2018.