Painting: Britannia's New Wave

Though Britain has had more than its share of internationally renowned sculptors in recent years, first-class English painters have been few and far between. Of those who have come forward, nearly all, like Graham Sutherland, Ben Nicholson and Francis Bacon, are loners who have attracted few, if any, significant imitators. One reason for the dearth of painters has been the traditional conservatism of British critics and collectors. Even after 49 years as a pillar of the Royal Academy, the great Joseph Turner was so fearful of critical scorn that he never risked...

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