Walker – ‘Art in the Age of Steam’

imageArt in the Age of Steam
Exhibition 18 April 2008 – 10 August 2008 – Free admission

This major exhibition captures the excitement of the steam train in art from the earliest days, through the boom years of Victorian railways to the end of the line in the 1960s.

The most wide-ranging exhibition yet held to look at how artists responded to the extraordinary impact that steam trains had on landscape and society. It is one of the major highlights of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture year.

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Around 100 paintings, photographs, prints and drawings from some of the world’s greatest art collections come together in a dazzling display including:

  • ‘The Railway’ by Edouard Manet (National Gallery of Art, Washington)
  • ‘The Blue Train’ (Musee Rodin, Paris) and ‘La Crau from Montmajour, with train’ (British Museum, London) by Van Gogh
  • ‘Lordship Lane Station’ by Camille Pissarro (Courtauld Institute of Art, London)
  • four paintings by Claude Monet – including ‘Gare Saint-Lazare’ (National Gallery, London



Later works include paintings such as:

  • ‘ Railroad Train’ by Edward Hopper (Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.)
  • ‘ The Anxious Journey’ by Giorgio de Chirico (Museum of Modern Art, New York)
  • photographs by Bill Brandt, Alfred Stieglitz and Winston O. Link.

British artists are represented by one of the best loved of all railway images, ‘The Travelling Companions’ by Augustus Egg (Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery) showing two crinoline-clad girls in a luxurious railway compartment, while ‘The Railway Station’ by William Powell Frith (Royal Holloway College, Surrey) vividly captures the hustle and bustle of Paddington station.

“Aboard these great machines, passengers travelled at faster speeds than ever before and notions of time and space were forever changed. Nothing has been done on this scale before – visitors are transported on an exhilarating journey in the company of some of the world’s great artists.” Julian Treuherz, Co-Curator and former Keeper of Galleries at the Walker

Exhibition organised by the Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. The exhibition will be staged at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art from 13 September 2008 to 18 January 2009.

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