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Modernists & Mavericks Reviews

Modernists & Mavericks by Martin Gayford

Modernists & Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters

Martin Gayford

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Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publication date: 17 Apr 2018
ISBN: 9780500239773

A masterfully narrated account of painting in London from the Second World War to the 1970s, illustrated throughout with documentary photographs and works of art

  • The Sunday TimesBooks of the Year
5 stars out of 5
Michael Prodger
25 Nov 2018

"Gayford lucidly and entertainingly lays out their characters"

In a mere two decades after the end of the Second World War the British — and specifically London — art scene leapt from moribund to frenetic. It saw the emergence of widely differing talents and styles, from Francis Bacon’s howls of pain to Bridget Riley’s mesmeric optical works and Peter Blake’s wry takes on pop culture. The artists were, if anything, even more colourful than the paintings, and Gayford lucidly and entertainingly lays out their characters and how they investigated the boundaries of what could be done with paint.