Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, By the Hills, 1939, Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston-Upon-Hull.

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

  • Our Friends | Lecture or talk
  • Scottish National Gallery
  • Hawthornden Lecture Theatre (Please enter via the back door of the Academy building)
  • Tuesday 4 July, 6:30-8:30pm
  • £12 for Our Friends
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Patrick Elliott, curator of this major summer exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, will discuss the ideas behind the show. The 1920s and 1930s are often characterised as the years when abstract art and surrealism became dominant trends in British art, with work by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. In fact there were dozens of outstanding artists who chose the path of realism. Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, Meredith Frampton, Dod Procter and Laura Knight may not be household names now, but at the time they were much celebrated. The show features nearly 80 outstanding realist paintings, by 58 artists, drawn from public collections across Britain and France. This talk and the exhibition – only showing in Edinburgh - promises to offer some major discoveries.