6th November 2024 – A Crisis of Brilliance: Young British Artists 1908-1919

Wednesday 6th November 2024

A Crisis of Brilliance: Young British Artists 1908-1919

Lecturer: David Haycock

In the years leading up to the First World War, the Slade School of Art in London was the leading establishment in England for the teaching of drawing and painting. Its students included some of the most important British artists of the first half of the 20th century, including Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash, Mark Gertler, Richard Nevinson and Dora Carrington. Based on his book A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War (2009), this lecture will explore the fascinating story of these artists’ interlocking lives and of their artistic education and development.

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David Boyd Haycock is a freelance art historian and writer. A former curator at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, he is a specialist in British art and culture in the period 1860 to 1940. His latest books include a new biography of the young Augustus John and, as we heard in May 2023, a biography of the equestrian painter Lucy Kemp-Welch.

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