A Trip to The Barber

I love great paintings in the same way I love good, home cooked food; it nourishes my soul and puts a smile on my face.

Yesterday was no exception when I, and fellow members from the Birmingham Watercolour Society, attended a watercolour appreciation evening at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

Hosted by Helen Cobby, Assistant Curator and Andrew Davies, Communications and Marketing Manager, we were treated to a very interesting talk and the chance to view The Barber's collection which included works by JMW Turner, David Cox and a very rare sketch by Anthony Van Dyck. These paintings are held in a special print room and can only be viewed under strict lighting conditions so I felt very privileged.

Later in the evening I was able to further indulge my appetite by enjoying The Barber's main collection, a rich and diverse mix from Howard Hodgkin and Frank Auerbach to Vincent Van Gogh, Jean-Francois Millet and Joshua Reynolds to name just a few; a great way to end my trip to The Barber!

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