Featuring approximately one hundred lithographs, etchings, woodcuts and color linocuts by fourteen artists, “Rhythms of Modern Life: British Prints 1914-1939” examines the impact of Futurism and Cubism on British Modernist printmaking from the beginning of World War I to the beginning of World War II.
This fascinating exhibition showcases an unusual combination of the sober Futurist-derived illustrators of World War I subjects and pioneering abstraction with the more playful Modernistic linocuts of London’s Grosvenor School of Art. The principal artists represented are David Bomberg, Paul Nash, C. R. W. Nevinson, and Edward Wadsworth (the early followers of Futurism and Vorticism), as well as Sybil Andrews, Claude Flight, Cyril Power, and Lill Tschudi (the later color linocut artists of the Grosvenor School).The exhibition’s imagery ranges from powerful artistic impressions of the first fully mechanized war to radical geometric abstractions to the colorful, streamlined jazz-age images of speed, sport, and diversion that the Grosvenor School artists created in order to introduce a broader public to Modern art and design.
The exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Media sponsor is Classical 99.5 WCRB Boston.