Although the Heath Robinson Museum is a relatively small gallery, this is a major exhibition. It is the first time a wide range of work by the major Neo-Romantic book illustrators of the 1940s has been gathered together in one place. With nearly 50 prints, oils and lithographs, and over 20 original books from the period, this is a unique opportunity to sample a special and distinctive moment in English publishing and art history.
Neo-Romanticism in England
To paraphrase Wikipedia:
In British art history, the term ‘neo-romanticism’ is applied to a loosely affiliated school of landscape painting that emerged around 1930 and continued until the early 1950s. It was first labeled in March 1942 by the critic Raymond Mortimer in the New Statesman. These painters looked back to 19th-century artists such as William Blake and Samuel Palmer, but were also influenced by French cubist and post-cubist artists. The movement was…
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