From the late 1930s through to the 1950s a number of British artists, writers, photographers and film makers produced a new kind of Romantic art. While it looked back to a 19th century tradition of ‘visionary’ art – to William Blake and to certain styles of landscape panting, it also drew upon the continental Modernist art of Picasso, Miro, Rouault and Masson. This exhibition examined the themes and locations, the imagination of this Neo-Romantic style from the Pastoral as genre to an altogether more violent view of Nature.
The exhibition was curated by Dr David Mellor of Sussex University and organised by the Barbican Art Gallery. A catalogue, edited by David Mellor and with essays by Andrew Crozier, Nannette Aldred, Angela Weight and Ian Jeffrey, was publish to accompany the show. ISBN 0 8531 532