Modern Masters III at Richard Green embraces nine decades of painting, drawing and sculpture by eighteen of the leading British artists of the 20th century from a rare pre- First World War still life by Sir Matthew Smith to a vibrant view of Mornington Crescent painted in 1997 by Frank Auerbach. Smith’s still life is rare because most of the paintings from that period (c.1913) when he carried the influence of ‘fauve’ colouring back to England from France are in museum collections.
No exhibition of modern art in Britain would be complete without the St Ives school, and this exhibition offers a good selection of both pre-war and post-war art from St Ives. With one work each from the pre-war era by Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, Winifred and Ben Nicholson, it captures the interrelationships between these artists at an important moment in British art history. (‘Art and Life’, an exhibition of works by these four artists during the 1920s opens at the Dulwich Picture Gallery on June 4th).
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