Cutting Edge – Modernist British Printmaking

print of tube station
Cyril Power, The Tube Station, c.1932, Photo Osborne Samuel Gallery, London/ © The Estate of Cyril Power. All Rights Reserved, [2019] / Bridgeman Images

This summer, Dulwich Picture Gallery showcases the work of a lost generation of British artists who created iconic images in the inter-war years. The Grosvenor School was a revolutionary but  until recently, largely forgotten movement which took the simple technique of linocutting from the classroom to art gallery. The result was vibrant, dynamic and energetic images of public transport, sporting events, and people at work and play.

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Sybil Andrews, Speedway, 1934, Photo Osborne Samuel, London/ © The Estate of Sybil Andrews

Influenced by cubism and futurism and reflecting the lines and shapes of art deco, these works offer a glamorous and vivid picture of the 1920s and 1930s.

 

Sybil Andrews, The Windmill, 1933, Photo Osborne Samuel, London/ © The Estate of Sybil Andrews

While providing something of contrast to grim images of the depression, the works are neither romantic nor sentimental. Rather they depict everyday life through the lens of the machine age. They are bold, confident, colourful, and above all, joyful statements about the world people lived in.

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Cyril Power, The Eight, © The Estate of Cyril Power. All Rights Reserved, [2019] / Bridgeman Images/ photo Photo © Elijah Taylor (Brick City Projects)
See the next issue of the Brixton Bugle for a full review of this major exhibition.

 

Cutting Edge runs until 8 September in the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, SE21 7AD. Opening tmes 10 – 5 Tuesday to Sunday. Tickets £15.

For further information go to www.dpg.art/cutting-edge

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