Friday, December 31, 2010

Restless Times in Sheffield...

Anyone in Sheffield with half an hour to spend could do worse than call in at the millennium gallery and see the Restless Times exhibition. It documents British art between the wars.

It’s worth calling just to see this Percy Wyndham Lewis gem and read about why modernist and first war western front veteran Percy didn’t paint society type Edith Sitwell’s hands in his portrait of her. Ten feet away you can compare and contrast this modernist style with Roger Fry's more romantic portrait of the same woman.

And the buffer girls painting that normally sits in the Graves is there too. 

Turns out the girl on the right was called Maggie Herrick. I always think she looks as hard as nails and definitely someone you wouldn’t have wanted to have to cross.

Anyway the girls got five bob apiece for the half day sitting which was a weeks work to them in 1919.

There's lots of interesting stuff in the exhibition and the museum people have nice facebook page that tells you more. Best thing is that it's all for free.

A seasonal bargain so go snap it up!..

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