True to Life | British Realist Painting in the 1920s and 1930s

True to Life | British Realist Painting in the 1920s and 1930sImage courtesy of National Galleries Scotland

True to Life | British Realist Painting in the 1920s and 1930s
National Galleries Scotland, Edinburgh
From 1 July 2017 to 29 October 2017

 

Bringing together more than 80 paintings by an almost forgotten generation of artists, this exhibition explores the realist tradition in British art between the two World Wars. It focuses on scrupulously detailed realist painting, part of a world-wide trend at the time.

 

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When abstract art became fashionable after the Second World War, these artists became side-lined and largely forgotten. Many artists of the period opted for a new kind of hard-edged, sharp-focussed realist painting, and found new subjects in modern life. This exhibition, showing only in Edinburgh, includes some 80 paintings, of astonishing technical accomplishment and stunning beauty, by more than fifty artists – including Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, Meredith Frampton, Laura Knight, James Cowie and Winifred Knights.

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Borrowed from public and private collections throughout Britain, this is a unique chance to rediscover a remarkable, but little known period in British Art.

 

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