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Art has rarely been more needed than during this time of a global pandemic. Presciently, in 2018, the Sheffield Millennium Gallery staged an exhibition of works from the Fleming Collection, the Ingram Collection and the Jerwood Collection, which explored, largely through work chosen from the 20th century, art’s capacity to stir our emotions from deepest despair to unbridled joy. Its title, 'Darkness into Light', sums up today’s febrile mood, which is why the Fleming Collection has reprised an online version of this exhibition.

31 artworks
The Brink
© Peter Howson. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

The Brink 1992

Peter Howson (b.1958)

Oil on canvas

H 213.3 x W 152.4 cm

The Fleming Collection

A Dawn
Photo credit: The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art

A Dawn 1914

Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (1889–1946)

Drypoint on paper

H 20.2 x W 15 cm

The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art

Robert the Bruce and de Bohun
Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

Robert the Bruce and de Bohun

Eric Harald Macbeth Robertson (1887–1941)

Oil on canvas

H 68.5 x W 86.5 cm

The Fleming Collection

Labourers
Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

Labourers 1947

Ernest Stephen Lumsden (1883–1948)

Oil on canvas

H 50.7 x W 61 cm

The Fleming Collection

Untitled (orange, green and black)
© Fiona Rae. All rights reserved, DACS 2023. Photo credit: Jerwood Collection

Untitled (orange, green and black) 1991

Fiona Rae (b.1963)

Oil on canvas

H 213 x W 152.4 cm

Jerwood Collection

The Journey, Survivors
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

The Journey, Survivors 1997

Brian Nicol (b.1948)

Charcoal & chalk on paper

H 138.5 x W 155.3 cm

The Fleming Collection

Red Landscape
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art

Red Landscape 1965

William Gear (1915–1997)

Oil on canvas

H 152.5 x W 122 cm

The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art

Spanish Elegy
© Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust. Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

Spanish Elegy 1997

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912–2004)

Acrylic on Arches paper

H 57 x W 77 cm

The Fleming Collection

Figures in Motion
© The Executors of the Frink Estate and Archive. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2024. Photo credit: Jerwood Collection

Figures in Motion 1955

Elisabeth Frink (1930–1993)

Pen & black ink with coloured ink washes on paper

H 75 x W 51 cm

Jerwood Collection

The Doctor
© the artist/courtesy Flowers Gallery, London and New York. Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

The Doctor 1993

Ken Currie (b.1960)

Charcoal & pastel on paper

H 49 x W 37 cm

The Fleming Collection

The Ettrick Shepherd
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

The Ettrick Shepherd 1967

John Bellany (1942–2013)

Oil on canvas

H 154.9 x W 151.1 cm

The Fleming Collection

Lochaber No More
Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

Lochaber No More 1883

John Watson Nicol (1856–1926)

Oil on canvas

H 109.2 x W 83.8 cm

The Fleming Collection

Can You Hear Me I
© the artist. Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

Can You Hear Me I 2015

Iman Tajik (b.1982)

Photograph

The Fleming Collection

Self Portrait
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

Self Portrait 1978

William Johnstone (1897–1981)

Oil on canvas

H 76 x W 63 cm

The Fleming Collection

The Eve of the Battle of the Somme
© estate of the artist. Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

The Eve of the Battle of the Somme 1916

Herbert James Gunn (1893–1964)

Oil on canvas

H 83.8 x W 91.4 cm

The Fleming Collection

Rye Harbour
Photo credit: The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art

Rye Harbour 1938

Eric Ravilious (1903–1942)

Watercolour over graphite on paper

H 42.3 x W 51 cm

The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art

Cecile Walton
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

Cecile Walton 1918

Dorothy Johnstone (1892–1980)

Oil on canvas

H 106.7 x W 152.4 cm

The Fleming Collection

Roses
Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

Roses 1919

Samuel John Peploe (1871–1935)

Oil on canvas

H 20 x W 20 cm

The Fleming Collection

Five AM
Photo credit: Jerwood Collection

Five AM 1928

Ernest Procter (1886–1935)

Oil on panel

H 49.5 x W 59.7 cm

Jerwood Collection

Feeding the Hens
Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

Feeding the Hens

William Page Atkinson Wells (1872–1923)

Oil on canvas

H 50.2 x W 39.4 cm

The Fleming Collection

Early Morning
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

Early Morning 1922

Cecile Walton (1891–1956)

Oil on canvas

The Fleming Collection

Lilian
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Jerwood Collection

Lilian 1923

Dod Procter (1892–1972)

Oil on canvas

H 52 x W 42 cm

Jerwood Collection

Window in Menton
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

Window in Menton 1948

Anne Redpath (1895–1965)

Oil on plywood

H 90.2 x W 81.2 cm

The Fleming Collection

Untitled
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Jerwood Collection

Untitled 1993

Gillian Ayres (1930–2018)

Acrylic on paper

H 54.6 x W 76.2 cm

Jerwood Collection

Theseus
© the estate of Keith Vaughan. All rights reserved, DACS 2023. Photo credit: The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art

Theseus c.1950

John Keith Vaughan (1912–1977)

Oil on board

H 41.9 x W 191 cm

The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art

Black Girls Walking in a Sunny Shower, Washington
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

Black Girls Walking in a Sunny Shower, Washington 1978

David Alan Redpath Michie (1928–2015)

Oil on canvas

H 44.4 x W 42 cm

The Fleming Collection

Breton Harvest
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

Breton Harvest c.1920

David Macbeth Sutherland (1883–1973)

Oil on panel

H 30.4 x W 37.4 cm

The Fleming Collection

La terrasse, Dinard
© The Fergusson Gallery, Perth and Kinross Council, Scotland. Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

La terrasse, Dinard 1931

John Duncan Fergusson (1874–1961)

Watercolour on paper

H 14.6 x W 19.1 cm

The Fleming Collection

Swimming
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Jerwood Collection

Swimming 1959

Jeffery Camp (1923–2020)

Oil on canvas

H 76.2 x W 101.6 cm

Jerwood Collection

Cat and Flowers
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

Cat and Flowers 1981

Elizabeth V. Blackadder (1931–2021)

Watercolour on paper

H 76.2 x W 95.8 cm

The Fleming Collection

Reaping the Whirlwind
© the artist. Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

Reaping the Whirlwind 1987

Sam Ainsley (b.1950)

Gouache

H 60.3 x W 85.1 cm

The Fleming Collection