Creative Tension: British Art 1900-1950

ISBN: 9781903470282
Artist(s): Various
Author(s): Stephen Whittle
Format: hardback
Year published: 2005
Publisher: Paul Holberton
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 128
Illustrations: illustrated in colour


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From 1900 to 1950 Lancashire’s galleries, fuelled by large endowment funds and civic pride, vied with each other to build collections of work by the most important artists living in Britain. Creative Tension showcases the outstanding collections of Gallery Oldham; the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston; Bolton Museum & Art Gallery; Touchstones Rochdale; along with a small number of works from other North-west British galleries. The period was a time of great change, excitement and conflict in British art. The collections of the four galleries are used to present an alternative history of the time, showing the tensions and crossovers between very different artistic styles. Works by famous artists such as L.S. Lowry, Ben Nicholson, Alfred Munnings, Jacob Epstein, Lucian Freud and Mark Gertler are featured alongside works by now lesser-known artists whose work nevertheless has great interest.A significant role is played also by studio pottery, which in the theory of the time was perceived as an abstract art equivalent in importance to painting and sculpture.


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