DAILY ART FIX: Visions – A major retrospective of the mid-century British painter Victor Willing

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Victor Willing, Swing, 1978, oil on canvas © The Artist's Estate. Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, on loan from Colin St John Wilson, since 2004

Victor Willing “Swing” oil on canvas 1978

These days, British artist Victor Willing (January 15, 1928 – June 1, 1988) is more likely to be known as “Mr. Paula Rego.” Since his death from multiple sclerosis, Willing’s widow has endured to become one of the most renown painters working today, overshadowing her late husband’s reputation.

In 2019, Victor Willing received his first retrospective, which recalled his days as a promising young student, and the changes his work underwent through the ensuing decades.

During his time at the Slade, Willing came to know artist Francis Bacon and the renowned art critic David Sylvester who described him as “a sort of spokesman for his generation”. While still a student Willing’s work was included in two exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art. He had his first solo show at the prestigious Hanover Gallery just one year after graduating.

In 1957, Willing moved to Ericeira, Portugal to be with Paula Rego and their family where theyremained until the Carnation Revolution in 1974. During these years, as their family grew, Willing’s work went through a profound change and the exhibition will feature key works produced in this period between 1957 and 1974.

Following the political revolution and economic crisis in Portugal in 1974, the family returned to London, and Willing created work with a renewed urgency until his untimely death in 1988.

Victor Willing, Standing Nude, 1955, oil on canvas © The Artist's Estate. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London

Victor Willing “Standing Nude” oil on canvas 1955


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