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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Manchester Art Gallery is a free-to-view municipally-owned public art gallery in Manchester City Centre in the North West of England.

The Gallery was extended by Hopkins Architects in May 2002 to take in the old Manchester Athenaeum building (Sir Charles Barry, architect, 1826) next door, and now occupies three buildings. One building is the Grade I listed building that was originally the Royal Manchester Institution designed by Barry in 1824.

The gallery houses the civic art collection of Manchester. As well as art of international significance, there are many works specifically related to Manchester (especially in the CIS-sponsored Manchester Room).



The Manchester Art Gallery is strong in its representation of the English school, with numerous works of Thomas Gainsborough and major works of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood..

Another significant collection in the gallery is of works by Pierre Adolphe Valette. Valette was a French impressionist who painted and taught in Manchester in the early years of the twentieth century. His reputation is growing, and in the Manchester Art Gallery displays scenes of foggy Manchester streets and canals. A Cézanne hangs in the same room, showing the similarity in treatment and subject between Cézanne's misty French river bridge and a particular river bridge in the pre-Clean Air Act Mancunian fog. L. S. Lowry was one of Valette's pupils and the influence on Lowry of impressionism, via Valette, can be seen here, where pictures by the two artists hang together.

The museum also houses The Picnic (1908), an important work by the British Impressionist painter Wynford Dewhurst, who was born in Manchester.

As well as its paintings, the museum holds important collections of glass, silverware and furniture, including two important pieces by the Victorian reformist architect and designer William Burges.Template:Clear

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English School

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German School

Italian School

Hungarian School

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