SUMMER is well under way - and to celebrate the season, Sheffield’s best-loved summer paintings have been made available for art enthusiasts around the world to view for the first time.
The colourful pieces have been added to Yorkshire’s Favourite Paintings, an online gallery which features works from the collections of large and small galleries across the region, together in one place.
Five of the new additions can be found in Sheffield’s Graves Gallery, and visitors to the website can get a closer look by zooming in for a detailed view.
The paintings include Little Seaboat by Sheffield-born artist Arthur Lismer, a rugged depiction of the Canadian landscape, as well as Hikers at Goodwood Downs by George Henry, which dates from the 1930s and shows a group of ramblers out and about in the West Sussex countryside.
Meanwhile, Christopher Wood’s hazy 1930 work La plage, Hotel Ty-Mad, finds holidaymakers lazing on a beach at Tréboul, France, while Stanley Spencer’s Helter Skelter, from 1937, is an eerie picture of a boarded-up fairground.
Yorkshire’s Favourite Paintings launched in January, and since then thousands of people have visited the site. The 100 initial selections were chosen by the public, covering a range of artistic styles and genres, and also featured paintings from Sheffield’s Kelham Island Museum.
Pictures from collections in Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster were also picked for inclusion.
Lisa Beauchamp, curator of visual art at the Graves Gallery, said: “The site has been really successful in showcasing the fantastic collection of oil paintings we have both in Sheffield and in the wider region.
Lisa added: “The website is a great way for members of the public to find out about the many paintings we have here in Yorkshire.
“We hope this will inspire more people to visit these venues this summer, as nothing can quite match seeing these works of art in real life.”
The project, funded by the Yorkshire Regional Museums Hub, was launched as a result of a nationwide campaign by the Public Catalogue Foundation, which is photographing and recording all paintings in publicly-owned collections in the UK.
There are believed to be 200,000 such paintings in the country, with more than 10,000 in Yorkshire - but at any one time around 80 per cent of them are hidden from public view in storerooms or official buildings.
Yorkshire’s Favourite Paintings was put together by a group of 30 museums and galleries, including the Sheffield venues as well as Rotherham’s Clifton Park Museum, Cannon Hall museum in Barnsley, and Doncaster Museum.
n Visit www.yorkshiresfavourites.org to view the paintings.