“NYMPHS, ERRANT,” 1934, LEONARD BEAUMONT, PHOTO MUSEUMS SHEFFIELD/ ©THE ESTATE OF LEONARD BEAUMONT
The Dulwich Picture Gallery in London is hosting a major exhibition showcasing the works by artists from the Grosvenor School of Modern Art through September 8, 2019. Titled “Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking,” the show centers around the intense period of dynamic printmaking during the interwar period.
Featuring 120 prints, drawings, and posters highlighting a radical movement that involved metropolitan and rural life, men and women, as well as British and international students, “Cutting Edge” celebrates the inaugural exhibition on British linocuts at the Redfern Gallery in London which was held 90 years ago.
According to the gallery, the show reveals “The unified commitment by the artists of the Grosvenor School to champion and progress the medium of linocut printmaking with key works by the influential teacher and artist, Claude Flight, and nine of his leading students including Cyril Power, Sybil Andrews, Lill Tschudi, William Greengrass, and Leonard Beaumont. Founded by the Scottish wood engraver Iain Macnab in Pimlico, London, in 1925, the Grosvenor School went on to become a leading force in the production of modern printmaking between the wars. The group came to be known for their iconic, vibrant prints that depicted the energy of contemporary life, which translated ordinary, everyday scenes into modernist compositions.
Arranged thematically, the show also focuses on the components that made up the energetic and rhythmic visual imagery of the key series of works. As stated, “From commuter experiences of public transport to mass spectatorship at sporting events and scenes of working life, the artists sought subjects that would be instantly recognizable and reflect Flight’s ideas that linocuts should be ‘an art of the people for their homes.”
On view are a number of loans that are on exhibit for the first time and several international loans that are on display in the UK for the first time as well, including prints by the Australian students Dorrit Black, Ethel Spowers, and Eveline Syme.
Founder: Louise Blouin