True to Life: British Realist Painting in the 1920s & 1930s exhibition book (paperback)
Beautifully illustrated in colour, this is the only book of its kind, giving an overview of British realist art from the 1920s and 1930s
British realist art of the 1920s and 1930s is visually stunning - strong, seductive and demonstrating extraordinary technical skill. Despite this, it is often overshadowed by abstract art. This catalogue presents the very first overview of British realist painting of the period, showcasing outstanding works from private and public collections across the UK. Of the forty artists featured in the show, many were major figures in the 1920s and 1930s but later passed out of fashion as abstraction and Pop Art became the dominant trends in the post-war years.
In the last decade their work has re-emerged and interest in them has grown. Interwar realist art embraces a number of different styles, but is characterised by fine drawing, meticulous craftsmanship, a tendency towards classicism and an aversion to impressionism and visible brushwork. Artists such as Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, Meredith Frampton, James Cowie and Winifred Knights combine fastidious Old Master detail with 1920s modernity. Featuring many Scottish and women artists, this book promises a fascinating insight into this captivating period of British art.
Cover image features By The Hills by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst. © Richard Woodward
24.5 x 30cm
National Galleries of Scotland
Patrick Elliott and Sacha Llewellyn