Lund Humphries Landmarks – The Last Romantics: The Romantic tradition in British art: Burne-Jones to Stanley Spencer, edited by John Christian (1989)

John Hoole cherishes Lund Humphries’ 1989 publication The Last Romantics for its revelation of under explored ties between Pre-Raphaelite and Modern art, and Victorian and 20th-century culture. Twenty five years ago, Lund Humphries published The Last Romantics: The Romantic tradition in British art: Burne-Jones to Stanley Spencer, a catalogue to accompany an exhibition at Barbican Art Gallery. […]

In Memory of Andrew Causey (1940-2014)

We are sad to report the death last week-end of Andrew Causey, author of three Lund Humphries books and a highly regarded historian of modern British art. Andrew was one of our most meticulous, professional, courteous and unassuming authors.  His writing on art was poised, precise, often challenging and always hugely enlightening. His book on […]

Book of the Week: Stanley Spencer: Art as a Mirror of Himself by Andrew Causey

Stanley Spencer’s paintings aren’t always easy to like, but they are hard to ignore. As the sub-title of Andrew Causey’s new book (my Book of the Week) implies, Spencer’s paintings don’t set out to please, but rather to reflect the artist’s own singular internal vision. ‘Stanley Spencer explored fundamental issues of life with an urgency and persistence unique among British artists […]

Book of the Week: Whitechapel at War: Isaac Rosenberg and his Circle

‘Art is not a plaything’, wrote painter-poet Isaac Rosenberg in 1912. He was by all accounts a serious, sensitive young man. When Rosenberg was first introduced in 1911 to the group of East End writers and artists known as the ‘Whitechapel Boys’, aspiring writer Joseph Leftwich described him as ‘depressingly self-absorbed … he did not smile once all that first […]

Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War

British artist Stanley Spencer’s (1891-1959) cycle of 19 paintings from Sandham Memorial Chapel in Burghclere have gone on display at Somerset House in London (until 26 January 2014). It is only the second time in 80 years that the canvasses, painted to commemorate the First World War and based on Spencer’s own wartime experiences (as an orderly […]

Exhibitions Round-Up: Summer 2013

Had enough of the great British heat wave already? Cool off at one of this summer’s great British art shows… Like Wimbledon and the Proms, the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, now in its 245th year, has long since gained the status of a British institution. Which is not to say that all of the 1000 plus […]