The first ever survey of this fascinating subject, the exhibition will demonstrate the breadth and depth of the art of the period, bringing together some 70 paintings by a generation of hugely talented artists whom art history has tended to sideline, as the figurative tradition they represent has been overshadowed by the more dominant abstraction of Modernism.
Realist art of the period is easier to identify than to explain or categorize. It had no generic name, no coherent artistic group to promote its practice, and it embraced a number of different styles. True to Life will focus in particular on the hard-edged style of artists such as Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, Meredith Frampton, Harold Harvey, Bernard Fleetwood Walker and Dod, Procter, who were major figures in the 1920s and 1930s (Proctor’s masterpiece Morning was voted Picture of the Year at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition of 1927 and bought for the nation by the Daily Mail). In the last decade these artists have begun to re-emerge from the shadows, and their extraordinary work is now ripe for rediscovery.
Image: Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, By the Hills, 1939 Ⓒ Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston-Upon-Hull.