Marcel Ronay: Tranquillity and Stability after two World Wars

The Lightbox gallery and museum will be hosting a second exhibition celebrating the works of Marcel Ronay in the 1940’s and 1950’s, loaned almost exclusively from the Surrey based Marcel Ronay Archive.

Born in Hungary in 1910 Ronay was a son of a Romanian Jewish father and an aristocratic Catholic mother. Ronay’s personal and artistic journey saw him emigrate through Hungary, Germany and Austria (during WW1) before finally settling in England in 1936 where his family set up residence.

‘Marcel Ronay’s Art: Tranquillity and Stability after two World Wars’ will showcase works created in England in the 1940s and the 1950s. Marcel Ronay’s pastoral and bucolic images reflect his personal contentment in England which followed after meeting his wife and having a family.

This exhibition is in stark contrast to the first show ‘The Art of Marcel Ronay’ hosted at The Lightbox in 2014 featuring Ronay’s ‘Neue Sachlichkeit’ work, illustrating corruption, eroticism, hedonism and the demoralisation of life in Vienna in the wake of the First World War.

In this exhibition visitors will be inspired by colourful seascapes, riverscapes, urban scenes and forest landscapes including locations such as St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Square, Hammersmith Bridge, Strand-on-the–Green, Chiswick, Godalming, plus several works created in Windsor Forest and Wales.

Ronay explored various types of media displaying a wide range of creative application, including works in plaster, wood, terracotta, charcoal, pencil, pen and ink, woodprint, pastel and watercolour.

3 February 2018 – 11 March 2018
Free entry | Donations welcome

Marcel Ronay (1910-1998) The Road to Midge Hole (near Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire), c. 1950 Pastel © The Estate of Marcel Ronay


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