Drawing Exhibition of the Month: Brits in Boston

With Queen Elizabeth’s record-breaking reign in the news, it’s an opportune time to celebrate all the artists who thrived during her tenure. Accordingly, Drawing’s exhibition of the month for September is “Pastoral to Pop: 20th-Century Britain on Paper,” on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, through February 21. The show includes more than 50 British prints and drawings, highlighting the richness and variety of British art from the past century.

The earliest works in the exhibition come from a time when Impressionism was still fresh, and the exhibition progresses through several Modernist movements, eventually leading to Pop Art, which exploded in Britain in the early 1960s. Among the artists on view are Lucian Freud, Cyril Power, Richard Hamilton, Patrick Caulfield, Gillian Ayres and David Hockney.

Below is a small sample of some of the British prints and drawings in this lively drawing exhibition. For more information, visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. And to stay abreast of drawing exhibitions and other great museum shows, subscribe to Drawing magazine.

The Eight Cyril E. Power (English, 1872–1951) about 1930 Color linocut * Gift of Johanna and Leslie Garfield Courtesy EB Power & Osborne Samuel Ltd, London * Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Eight, by Cyril E. Power, ca. 1930, color linocut. Courtesy EB Power & Osborne Samuel Ltd, London. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Found Objects Patrick Caulfield (English, 1936–2005) 1968 Screenprint * Lee M. Friedman Fund © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London. * Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Found Objects, by Patrick Caulfield, 1968, screenprint. © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Pool I (Lithograph of Water Made of Thick and Thin Lines, A Green Wash, a Light Blue Wash and a Dark Blue Wash) David Hockney (English, born in 1937) 1978–80 Lithograph in seven colors *Anonymous gift *© David Hockney *Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Pool I (Lithograph of Water Made of Thick and Thin Lines, A Green Wash, a Light Blue Wash and a Dark Blue Wash), by David Hockney, 1978–1980, lithograph in seven colors. © David Hockney. Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

RESTRICTED, FPO: Contact MFA for high-res file after May 1, 2015 7. Lullaby Ian Hamilton Finlay (Scottish, 1925–2006) 1975 Screenprint * Lee M. Friedman Fund Reproduced with permission. * Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Lullaby, by Ian Hamilton Finlay, 1975, screenprint. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Head of an Irishman Lucian Freud (English, 1922–2011) 1999 Etching * Anonymous gift © Lucian Freud * Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Head of an Irishman, by Lucian Freud, 1999, etching. © Lucian Freud. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 

 

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