Joshua reynolds experiments in paint the wallace collection london until 7 june 2015 in reynolds expert hands portraiture runs that much closer to performance has light and shade humour and seduction all at once. Joshua reynolds experiments in paint will draw upon the significant works within the wallace collection and major loans from the uk other european countries and the usa all chosen to reveal reynoldss compositional and narrative experimentation and his unorthodox choice of materials admixtures of paint and complex layering techniques. Popular and experimental sir joshua reynolds 1723 1792 was a very fashionable portrait painter during the second half of the 18th century and the first president of the royal academy the exhibition is the culmination of a four year research project into the reynolds paintings owned by the wallace. Street traders aristocrats and mistresses line the walls of this exhibition of english portrait painter joshua reynolds although tiny this two room display i. Joshua reynolds famously said that a room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts though this exhibition only takes up two rooms within the wallace collection it indeed inspires ideasthe most striking thing visitors will learn about reynolds is how experimental he was with his techniques his paints and his visions
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