Kenneth Clark on the Leicester Galleries:
…the Leicester Galleries… that lovable institution introduced people of my generation to modern art. In the twenties and early thirties two successive directors of the Tate Gallery, had set their faces against all post-impressionist painting, and did their best to prevent such pictures entering the Gallery, even as gifts.
During these same years the Leicester Galleries held the first ‘one-man shows’ in England of Cezanne, van Gogh, Gauguin. Pissarro, Picasso and Matisse. These staggering exhibitions were put on without the least pretention.
The Leicester Galleries was more like a shop than a gallery and its three rooms were quite small and modest. There was no attempt at deliberate showmanship, no expensive catalogues, no outpouring of champagne; and in the front rooms there was always a mixed exhibition of young painters where one could hope to make a discovery.
'Another Part of the Wood: A Self Portrait', Kenneth Clark.