An Uneasy Peace: British Art between the Wars

19 Apr 2018 – 23 Aug 2018

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Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4.30pm

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Museum & Art Swindon

England, United Kingdom

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Innovation and tradition, harmony and tension: the interwar period was an important time for modern British art. This exhibition explores the British art movements that flourished between the wars, including the Camden Town Group, St Ives and the Bloomsbury Group.


During World War I, many artist-led groups developed, which allowed young British artists to explore new techniques and ideas. These groups continued in the interwar period, and their work captured both the sense of possibility and uncertainty that characterised the time.

The exhibition brings together important paintings by Ben Nicholson, Edward Wadsworth, Julian Trevelyan and Sylvia Gosse. It includes drawings and watercolours by Henry Moore, Augustus John and David Bomberg. As well as exploring the different art movements of the First World War and interwar years, it also looks at the contrasts and connections that existed between these influential artists.

The exhibition features work by two Swindon-born artists: Leslie Cole and Hubert Cook.


Julian Trevelyan (1910-1988)

The Potteries, 1938

Oil on canvas

Purchased with the support of the V&A Purchase Fund

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