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5 great artworks to see in Cornwall

Posted 27 November 2018 by Beverley Fuller

Cornwall's clear light and beautiful seascapes have attracted artists for centuries. St Ives and Newlyn are especially renowned as places of inspiration, so it's no surprise to find major art galleries in both – and they're an easy day trip from your snug winter holiday cottage on the Roseland Peninsula. Alternatively, just hop on the St Mawes Ferry to Falmouth Art Gallery. I've picked five favourites artworks held in Cornwall – what's yours?

1. Dancers at the Ballets Russes by Dame Laura Knight

Laura Knight lived and worked in Cornwall for many years and her bright, impressionistic style was a key influence for many other artists of the St Ives and Newlyn schools. Look out for her paintings of Cornwall, but I've picked something different here, from her behind-the-scenes observations of Diaghilev's iconic troupe. Where: Falmouth Art Gallery

2. Space and Matter by Sandra Blow

I love the sheer power of this painting. Although abstract it's generally regarded as landscape, partly because Blow spent several years living and working in Cornwall, and partly for her use of organic material such as cement, chaff and charcoal – not your average paintbox. Where: Tate St Ives

3. Stained glass window by Patrick Heron

Local artist Patrick Heron was the obvious choice to design a feature window for the gallery when it was built. His themes of space and light were, to my mind, the perfect fit. Where: Tate St Ives

4. Figure for Landscape by Dame Barbara Hepworth

This serene, beautiful sculpture is just one of so much to see and, crucially, to walk among and touch in the garden of Hepworth's own Trewyn Studio. Some love it, some don't – but what a debate you'll have all the way back to your Tate, St Ives! Where: The Hepworth Garden, St Ives

5. Posters for the GWR Cornish Riviera train route

Visiting Cornwall by train? Check out these classic 1930s advertising lithographs of stylised Cornish scenery by artists such as Frank Sherwin. Where: Penlee House, Newlyn

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