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British Artists between the Wars


British Artists between the Wars

This series of 5 lectures by Prof Maria Chester, which takes place weekly on Tuesdays from 10 am to 12 noon, provides an introduction to cultural life in Britain between the Wars, with particular reference to developments in art and the lives of the artists.

The period between the First and Second World Wars was one of rich and varied creativity in Britain. Throughout the interwar period, British artists explored, questioned and rejected the requirement that to be truly modern was to break with the past. Many artists served in the armed forces during the War and experienced the full horror of the trenches on the front line. We shall study and discuss the work of British artists such as Paul Nash, Stanley Spencer, Laura Knight, Evelyn Dunbar but also we shall try to understand modernist writer Virginia Woolf as well as how architecture was in conflict between modernism, revival and nostalgia. British homes were getting used to the new rhythms and dances such as fox-trot and jazz. After WWI, women had the right to vote and were more visible.

Course Content

Tuesday 19th  February:      THE MORBID AGE, THE ROARING TWENTIES

Tuesday 26th  February:      INTERWAR ARTISTS, WOMEN AT WAR

Tuesday 5th  March:              VIRGINIA WOOLF, THE JAZZ ERA

Tuesday 12th  March:            PAUL NASH, STANLEY SPENCER

Tuesday 19th  March:            ARCHITECTURE BETWEEN THE WARS

Tea and coffee will be served; all are welcome and no previous knowledge is assumed.

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Map William Elder Building, 56-58 Castlegate, Berwick-upon-Tweed, United Kingdom
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