What is Modern British Art?
The term Modern British Art loosely covers the years 1900-1970 (post-1970 is generally termed as contemporary art).
A number of important and influential movements were to be born during this period, including the Camden Town Group, the Bloomsbury Group, the Vorticists, the St. Ives Group, Euston Road School, the Neo-Romantics, the London Group, and Pop Art and Op Art.
From the dark Post-Impressionist domestic interiors of Walter Sickert (1860-1942); the Vorticist reaction of Percy Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) to a ‘Machine Age’ utopia; the jagged stylised Great War paintings of Christopher Richard Wynn Nevinson (1889-1946); through the pared down abstraction of Ben Nicholson (1894-1982) and Barbara Hepworth (1903-75) in St. Ives during the 30s and 40s; the Neo-Romantic reinvention of people and landscape during the Second World War by Graham Sutherland (1903-80), John Craxton (1922-2009) and Keith Vaughan (1912-77); the visceral and uncompromising studies of the human figure by Francis Bacon (1909-92), Henry Moore (1898-1986) and Lucien Freud (1922-2011); right up to the consumer-based, youth-led swinging sixties Pop Art of David Hockney (b.1937) and Peter Blake (b.1932), Modern British painters and sculptors have been at the forefront of every major art movement for the best part of a century.
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