British Prints from the Machine Age

British Prints from the Machine Age

Rhythms of Modern Life 1914-1939

  1. Edited by Clifford S. Ackley
  2. With contributions by Stephen Coppel
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  • ISBN 9780500288375
  • 24.00 x 21.50 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 224pp
  • 163 Illustrations, 159 in colour
  • First published 2009
‘Exhilarating’ – RA Magazine
‘A joy to browse’ – The World of Interiors

This profusely illustrated book examines the impact of avant-garde Continental influences on British printmaking between the First and Second world wars. The images produced by these innovative British printmakers powerfully embody the era’s preoccupations with speed, machines, urbanism and other exciting facets of modern life.

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More than 100 lithographs, etchings, woodcuts and linocuts, range from radical geometric abstractions to forceful impressions of the first fully mechanized war and colourful Jazz Age images of sports, speed trials, and other contemporary events.

The book focuses in particular on the well-known dynamic imagery of C. R. W. Nevinson, Paul Nash, Edward Wadsworth and David Bomberg (early followers of Italian Futurism and British Vorticism) and also the works of Claude Flight, Sybil Andrews, Cyril Power and Lill Tschudi.

Clifford S. Ackley’s introduction takes stock of the art historical movement and is followed by lively, thematic discussions of the prints, an overview of the history and technique of the modern linocut, and short biographies of the artists.

Clifford S. Ackley is Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.