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Radical Figures: Post-war British Figurative Painting

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Location: Manchester City Galleries, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL

This display explores the pioneering role that painters such as Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud and David Hockney played in Britain in the reinvention of figurative art in the second half of the 20th century.

In post-war British art radical work tended towards various styles influenced by the modern art of Paris and New York. Alongside these parallel movements there existed another kind of art pioneered by a group of loosely associated artists later labelled The School of London.

Through the 1970s and 1980s their work gradually began to be recognised as amongst the most important British art of its time.

The display includes works by Bacon, Freud and Hockney from the collections of Manchester Art Gallery and The Whitworth Art Gallery alongside works from the Arts Council Collection, London.

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