Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Art in the Age of Steam
18 April 2008 – 10 August 2008
This major exhibition captures the excitement of the steam train in art from
the earliest days, through the boom years of Victorian railways to the end
of the line in the 1960s.
Art in the Age of Steam is the most wide-ranging exhibition yet held to look
at how artists responded to the extraordinary impact that steam trains had
on landscape and society. It is one of the major highlights of Liverpool’s
European Capital of Culture year.
Around 100 paintings, photographs, prints and drawings from some of the
world’s greatest art collections come together in a dazzling display
‘The Railway’ by Edouard Manet (National Gallery of Art, Washington)
‘La Crau from Montmajour, with train’ by Van Gogh (British Museum, London)
‘Lordship Lane Station’ by Camille Pissarro (Courtauld Institute of Art,
London) four paintings by Claude Monet – including ‘Gare Saint-Lazare’ (National
Gallery, London) ‘ Railroad Train’ by Edward Hopper (Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.)
‘ The Anxious Journey’ by Giorgio de Chirico (Museum of Modern Art, New
York) photographs by Bill Brandt, Alfred Stieglitz and O Winston Link.
“Aboard these great machines, passengers travelled at faster speeds than
ever before and notions of time and space were forever changed. Nothing has
been done on this scale before – visitors are transported on an exhilarating
journey in the company of some of the world’s great artists.” Julian
Treuherz, Co-Curator and former Keeper of Galleries at the Walker