Edward Lear (1812-1888) was a consummate landscape artist, who is best remembered for his paintings and his so-called ‘nonsense’ verse. During his lifetime, Lear published several volumes of verse as well as accounts of his many travels. The exhibition brought together a number of these watercolours in an innovative display which matches up the works with Lear’s corresponding diary notes, giving us an unprecedented insight into the artist’s state of mind and working method at the time.
The exhibition held at Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum was guest-curated by John Varriano, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts and who is also the author of the book published by FPM on Lear in Malta.
For this exhibition, Palazzo Falson engaged and collaborated with Suzanne-Marie Psaila to animate one of Lear's watercolours, giving us a direct visual insight into his working artistic process. Music was later specifically chosen with composer Alexander Vella Gregory.