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British Artists

20th & 21st Centuries

This site concentrates predominately on 20th & 21st centuries British artists, although a few stray artists who do not belong to any group, or are not British may also appear.
In contrast the Art Department of the Well Furlong Book Shop contains artists from different centuries, nationalities & many isms

The artists featured on these pages are Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud who sadly died on 20th July 2011, Maggi Hambling and Walter Sickert.

Clicking on an artist's name under Featured Here below will take you to a page with an appreciation and more information about that artist. Brief information about some other artists appear in the Not Featured Here section. Finally there are some links to other websites that you may find interesting.


Featured Here

One of the finest British painters of the 20th century. Famous for his screaming pope, Velazquez's Innocent X, caged in a plate glass cube, screaming in a silent world. There is an extraordinary power of emotion related to Bacon's work; stark and tragic.

British figurative artist who sadly died aged 88 on 20th July 2011. His early work was meticulously painted; a Realist. From the 1950s his paintings showed a more impasto effect. It is a delight to see the weight of the paint scumbled dry on to the canvas & its sheer depth.

Predominantly a figurative painter. She produces comic, moving & haunting paintings, especially the portraits of her mother & comedian Max Wall. Her sculpture of Oscar Wilde now stands {or reclines!}, outside London's National Gallery.

One of the outstanding British artists of his generation. His characteristic method of painting was in the reduced, almost grisaille quality of his tones.
He specialized in the human figure & urban scenes. Formerly an actor touring with Henry Irving, many of his paintings depict the interiors of music-halls & theatres. An accomplished and witty writer & teacher.

Not Featured Here

Neo-Romantic Painters

British movement of the 1930s - early 50s were essentially Arcadian. Romanticism, especially the visionary landscape together with the poetry of Wordsworth, and the artists William Blake & Samuel Palmer.
Many of the artists were active writers contributing to the acceptance of the movement.
Members of the group were Henry Moore, Paul Nash, John Piper, Graham Sutherland, Michael Ayrton, Ivon Hitchens, John Minton, Keith Vaughan, Prunella Clough, John Craxton, Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde.

Salvador Dali

A web site dedicated to a film called The Dali Dimension about Dali's love of science and his relationships with eminent scientists.

The Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation was created at the wish of the artist in 1983 to promote his work.

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903)

American-born painter & graphic artist.

Sickert ran into Whistler by chance in 1882. Sickert became his pupil & assistant.

2003 was the centenary of the death of Whistler. The Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow holds one of the largest collections of his work. Events were held throughout the centenary year. The Hunterian Gallery site offers an online catalogue of Whistler's works and much more about the artist.

Prunella Clough

The much underrated British painter Prunella Clough won the £30,000 Jerwood Painting Prize, one of Britain's most distinguishes art awards in 1999. She was part of a group of artists known as the Neo-Romantics. The other artists in the group were Michael Ayrton, Keith Vaughan, John Minton & John Craxton. In the 1940s & 50s she concentrated on fishing & coastal scenes of East Anglia. In the late 1950s her paintings were of industrial scenes based on London & the Midlands. They are images made up of several layers, seen through a fine mesh, richly coloured & textured. There was a Cambridge retrospective to mark her 80th birthday.

Prunella Clough died on December 26 1999 aged 80. She was born on November 14 1919.



Leonardo da Vinci's notebook may be read online here.

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