Painting of the week No.20: Grosvenor School of Modern Art

I’m not being entirely accurate here. This article isn’t about a particular painting or art work, it’s about a movement in the late 1920’s and 1930’s, centered on the Grosvenor School of Modern art, to revive interest in printing making, particularly lino cut prints.

Wikipedia describes the School, so;

The Grosvenor School of Modern Art was a private British art school. It was founded in 1925 by the Scottish wood engraver Iain Macnab in his house at 33 Warwick Square in Pimlico, London. From 1925 to 1930 Claude Flight ran it with him, and also taught linocutting there; among his students were Sybil Andrews, Cyril Power and Lill Tschudi.

A more detailed description of the School and its focus on lino cutting, can be read HERE, in which Claude Flight’s contribution was expressed as,

Flight envisaged a new art that celebrated the speed, movement and hustle of this new world. His students responded with works characterised by their clean-cut blocks of colour and their exhilarating sense of dynamic movement and design. Sport and urban transport were among their most popular subjects.

Without more ado, here’s a sample the work of Lill Tschudi and Cyril Power. two students of the School. Click on images to expand.