The Real and the Romantic: English Art Between the Two World Wars


There has been an enormous surge of interest in English art of the interwar years. Work by artists like Stanley Spencer and Eric Ravilious has soared in popularity while new critical attention has been paid to others, often women, who were previously overlooked, such as Winifred Knights and Evelyn Dunbar. A fresh, nuanced look at a rich and diverse period in English art in which modernism, abstraction, surrealism and a revival of native traditions jostled under the legacy of one war and the shadows of the next.

Frances Spalding is an art historian, critic and leading authority on 20th-century British art. Her books include acclaimed biographies of Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell, John Minton, Duncan Grant, Gwen Raverat and John and Myfanwy Piper, as well as a biography of the poet Stevie Smith. She is Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal
Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art. In 2005 she was made a CBE for Services to Literature.

ISBN 9780500518649
384 pages
24.6 x 18.6cm

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