Andrew Lambirth

Alive with innovation: British art between the world wars

Frances Spalding describes how the tension of the interwar years gave rise to some of the greatest art of the 20th century

‘Train Journey’, by Eric Ravilious, 1939. [Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums/Photo History and Art Collection/Alamy]

When I mentioned the subject of this book to someone reasonably well-informed about 20th-century British art, the response was: ‘Isn’t that all portrait and still-life paintings?’ Well, perhaps if you’re looking exclusively at the contents of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions – and even there landscape was another popular choice.

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