For Real: Britse realisten uit de jaren ’20 en ’30
Ype Koopmans, Sacha Llewellyn, Jullia Dijkstra
Museum MORE & Lecturis, 2019
With a richly illustrated book and a retrospective of the same name, Museum MORE is the first outside of Great Britain to give way to British figurative art from the 1920s and 1930s. With 75 works by 35 artists, For Real shows the best, most fascinating and unexpected of this art from the interbellum period.
For a long time it was assumed that British figurative art from those years was immune to international influences. Building on indigenous traditions, it would be mostly conventional. But is this vision correct? For Real cuts the leg of the myth of “splendid isolation”. With a careful selection of dozens of works, it is wonderful to see that there is a connection with international neo-realism. And yes, this art is sometimes unmistakably British. Elegant stiff-upper-lip portraits, naive working-class scenes, motionless landscapes and cityscapes, alienating still lifes, but also expressive, intense works. This broad and very diverse spectrum paints a new picture of the artistic developments in British art during the roaring twenties and dirty thirties.
Meet forgotten society greats such as Meredith Frampton and Gerald Leslie Brockhurst or war painter Christopher Nevinson and odd one out Stanley Spencer. It also appears that a striking number of female artists have been active at a high level, including Dod Procter, Hilda Carline, Winifred Knights and the Zinkeisen sisters. IN DUTCH !