The Easel

Scared of the modern?

British art in the inter-war period was torn – hew to tradition or be adventurous and follow Paris? It leaned toward the former and now attracts the slightly frumpy tag of “realist”. Unfair? Perhaps not entirely. “There is a sense throughout this exhibition of the modern being at once scrupulously recorded and avoided … you do find yourself yearning for just a bit more modernist slap-dash and swagger.”