Hastings Museum and Art Gallery’s Painting “The Daredevils” on Loan to the National Gallery in London

A spectacular painting, usually housed at the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery in East Sussex, is now gracing the walls of the prestigious National Gallery in London. “The Daredevils” by Thérèse Lessore, a captivating piece depicting three trapeze artists, has been loaned by HMAG to the National Gallery as part of the Discover Degas and Miss La La exhibition until September 1.

Purchased by the Went Tree Trust for £800 in 1983 and later donated to HMAG, this masterpiece caught the attention of the National Gallery due to its significance in showcasing the impact of Degas’s work on British artists. The painting’s placement in the exhibition’s closing section, which focuses on circus artist Miss La La’s legacy, highlights its importance in the art world.

Walter Sickert, Lessore’s husband, praised Degas as one of the greatest artists in history and emphasized the influence of his work on his wife’s painting. Alice Roberts-Pratt, senior curator at HMAG, expressed excitement about sharing this remarkable piece by a female artist with a broader audience at the National Gallery.

HMAG’s initiative to loan out its collections to other museums aims to promote art appreciation and access to national treasures. This collaboration between Hastings Museum and Art Gallery and the National Gallery is a testament to the power of art in bridging cultural boundaries and celebrating artistic excellence.

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