At the beginning of the twentieth century, Britain was something of an artistic backwater. But many younger artists started to take an interest in developments in continental Europe, and then more recent works from France began to be exhibited in Britain. This led to a brief flowering of modernism in British art, which only stalled with the outbreak of the First World War. This lecture will consider the work of some of these modern or modernist artists, including members of the Camden Town Group, the Bloomsbury Group, and the Vorticists, as they moved away from the artistic styles of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
Dr Prasannajit De Silva is a published art historian and University Lecturer at Birbeck, University of London, an accredited speaker for the Arts Society, and a sessional lecturer for the WEA. His specialism is British visual culture of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
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