Beaux Arts Gallery

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Beaux Arts Gallery, London, England, founded in 1923 and closed in 1965, was known as a preeminent center for promoting avant-garde art.

Founded and operated by portrait sculptor Frederick Lessore in 1923, the gallery was run by his wife Helen Lessore, a painter, until it closed in 1965. Prominent exhibitions at the gallery included: the first solo exhibition by Christopher Wood; one of the first exhibitions of Barbara Hepworth and her husband John Skeaping, the first solo exhibition of Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff.

Beaux Arts Gallery also became associated with the Kitchen Sink School (and later the School of London) and its prominent members – John Bratby, Derrick Greaves, Edward Middleditch and Jack Smith.

The Lessore's son, John (born 1939), an artist in his own right, exhibited at the gallery whilst it was open. He has subsequently been appointed a trustee of the National Gallery.[1]


  1. ^ Announcement on government website, 21 February 2007. Retrieved: 12 March 2008

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