British and Irish Art 1945-195: From War to Festival
Author(s): Adrian Clark
Year published: 2010
Publisher: Hogarth Arts
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 234
Illustrations: Illustrated in Black and White
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In this ground-breaking book Adrian Clark radically re-examines a crucial period in the history of modern British and Irish Art. He demolishes the idea that control of the art world passed after the war from rich individuals to faceless state institutions.
Through detailed analysis of unpublished private letters and manuscripts and detailed study of the machinations of commitees and contemporary newspaper reports, Clark demonstrates that the public school and Oxbridge elite retained its hold upon the levers of power within the new state run art institutions.
Individual artists discussed include Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Graham Sutherland, Gerard Dillon, Louis Le Broquy, Matthew Smith, Robert Colquhoun and Paul Nash.