Fuseli and the Modern Woman: Fashion, Fantasy, Fetishism

13 October 2022 – 8 January 2023
The Denise Coates Exhibitions Galleries

The Courtauld Gallery will stage an exhibition devoted to a remarkable group of around fifty drawings by Henry Fuseli (1741 – 1825), one of 18th-century Europe’s most original and eccentric artists. Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Fuseli spent a formative period in Rome in the 1770s before settling in London, serving as both Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools and Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy when it was based at Somerset House.

Famous for his stylised paintings of heroic and supernatural scenes from classic and contemporary literature, The Courtauld’s exhibition explores an altogether different dimension to Fuseli’s art. It focuses on a striking group of drawings which reveal the artist’s private preoccupation with the figure of the contemporary woman. Often featuring his wife Sophia Rawlins, the drawings show women in elaborate hairstyles and striking costumes, and describe the modern woman as a figure of disturbing power.

Following its presentation at The Courtauld Gallery the exhibition will travel to Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich.

13 October 2022 – 8 January 2023

The Courtauld Gallery  The Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries 

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