Grosvenor School of Modern Art
St Gabriel
33 Warwick Square, the former home of the Grosvenor School of Modern Art (scaffolded, centre)
Active1925 (1925)–1940 (1940)[1]
FounderIain Macnab
Location,
51°29′23″N 0°08′30″W / 51.4896°N 0.1418°W / 51.4896; -0.1418Coordinates: 51°29′23″N 0°08′30″W / 51.4896°N 0.1418°W / 51.4896; -0.1418
Campus33 Warwick Square, Pimlico

The Grosvenor School of Modern Art was a private British art school and, in its shortened form ("Grosvenor School"), the name of a brief British-Australian art movement.[2] It was founded in 1925 by the Scottish wood engraver Iain Macnab in his house at 33 Warwick Square in Pimlico, London.[1][3]: 31  From 1925 to 1930 Claude Flight ran it with him, and also taught linocutting there; among his students were Sybil Andrews, Cyril Power, Lill Tschudi and William Greengrass.[4]: 400 

The school

The school had no formal curriculum and students studied what and when they wished. There were day and evening courses: life classes, classes in composition and design, and classes on the history of Modern Art. Frank Rutter taught a course entitled "From Cézanne to Picasso".[3]: 31  Macnab's wife, the dancer Helen Wingrave, gave a dance course.[5]: 9  Though there was no formal curriculum, all students attended Claude Flight's linocut classes.[6]

The Grosvenor School closed in 1940, merging with the Heatherley School of Fine Art.[7]

Legacy

The school did much to revive interest in printmaking in general, and particularly in the linocut, in the years between the Wars.[8] Artists associated with it have come to be known as the "Grosvenor School", and their work commands high prices.[9]

In June–September 2019, the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London hosted the first major exhibition presenting solely the output of the Grosvenor School alumni in a public museum; it was also the first major exhibition outside Australia to have considerable examples of the works by the Australian alumni Ethel Spowers, Dorrit Black and others.[10]

Alumni

See also: Category:Alumni of the Grosvenor School of Modern Art

Among those who studied at the school were:

Spowers, Black and Syme became instrumental in organising exhibitions and promoting the school in Australia.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ a b Hal Bishop (2004). Macnab, Iain, of Barachastlain (1890–1967). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/64517 (subscription required)
  2. ^ Gordon, Samuel; Leaper, Hana; Lock, Tracey; Vann, Philip; Scott, Jennifer. Gordon, Samuel (ed.). Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking (Exhibition Catalogue) (1st ed.). Philip Wilson Publishers. p. 22. ISBN 978-1-78130-078-7.
  3. ^ a b Mike O'Mahony (2012). Imaging Sport at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art (1929–37); in: Mike Huggins, Mike O'Mahony (eds.) (2012). The Visual in Sport. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9780415585071. p. 19–34.
  4. ^ Stephen Bury (ed.) (2012). Benezit Dictionary of British Graphic Artists and Illustrators, volume 1, Abbo – Lamp. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199923052.
  5. ^ Lora S. Urbanelli (1988). The Grosvenor School: British Linocuts between the Wars (exhibition catalogue). Providence: Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art. ISBN 9780911517491.
  6. ^ "Lino Cutting and the Grosvenor School of Modern Art". artrepublic. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Grosvenor School of Art, London (1925–1940)". Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Retrieved 18 May 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ a b Tim Jones (27 June 2014). Wood engraving artist finally won recognition. The Press; available at Christchurch Art Gallery – Te Puna O Waiwhetu. Accessed March 2015.
  9. ^ Colin Gleadell (17 Apr 2012). London Original Print Fair: Prints that move like lightening [sic]. Daily Telegraph.
  10. ^ Gordon, Samuel; Leaper, Hana; Lock, Tracey; Vann, Philip; Scott, Jennifer. Gordon, Samuel (ed.). Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking (Exhibition Catalogue) (1st ed.). Philip Wilson Publishers. pp. Inside front flap and 24. ISBN 978-1-78130-078-7.