True to Life : British Realist Painting in the 1920s and 1930s
'This exhibition is groundbreaking in Britain since, as the excellent catalogue introduction by Sacha Llewellyn reminds us, this kind of art has been largely airbrushed out of history' - RA Magazine
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 book, which accompanies an exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, presents the very first overview of British realist painting of the period, showcasing outstanding more than ninety works from private and public collections across the UK.
The book is introduced by two essays written by Patrick Elliott and Sacha Llewellyn which set out the background and influences to this paintings. These are followed by short biographies of 58 artists including Winifred Knights, Edward Burra, Stanley Spencer and James Cowie. Illustrations of their work are interwoven into the text. A comprehensive bibliography and a list of references are also included.
Featuring many Scottish and women artists, this carefully researched book provides a great and way to rediscover this remarkable but little-known era of British art.
- Author: Patrick Elliott, Senior Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.
- Paperback: 144 pages | 140 illustrations
- Date published: July 2017
- Language: English
- Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
- ISBN: 978-1911054054
- Product Dimensions: 30.0 x 24.5 cm
'Immaculate, highly detailed and luminously beautiful' - The Times
'recovers realism’s distinct and relevant voice in a short period of rapid change' - The Guardian
'True to Life focuses in particular on the tight, obsessively detailed kind of realism, which is typical of artists such as Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, Meredith Frampton, and James Cowie. These artists worked with fine brushes in a controlled, polished style, often using old-fashioned glazing techniques, where one thin, semi-translucent film of paint is layered over another, and the brushwork is barely visible. Painting with immense care and precision, and demonstrating enormous technical expertise, they created highly finished figure studies and portraits of uncanny beauty which, in their flawless elegance, capture the glamour of the era' - ArtLyst