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An Uneasy Peace: British Art between the Wars

19 April 2018 | 11.00 am - 23 August 2018 | 4.30 pm

| Free

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.

Associated Events:

Free Lunchtime Curator Talk – Julian Trevelyan’s The Potteries and Art Between the Wars, Friday 6 July

Free Lunchtime Curator Talk – Ben Nicholson’s Composition in Black and White, and Art Between the Wars, Friday 3 August


Julian Trevelyan (1910-1988)

The Potteries, 1938

Oil on canvas

Purchased with the support of the V&A Purchase Fund


19 April 2018 | 11.00 am
23 August 2018 | 4.30 pm
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