Doris Zinkeisen, “DZ1,” oil on canvas, 24 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches

On view now through December, the United Kingdom’s Aidan Meller Gallery is showcasing works by early 20th-century women that are among Britain’s most important and influential.

Including Nan Youngman, Mary Godwin, Dorothy Hepworth, Patricia Preece, Florence Engelback, Doris Zinkeisen, Phyliss Bray, Lilian R. Buchanan, Pauline Glass, Emily Beatrice Bland, Alice Fanner, Therese Lessor, and Laura Knight, “Modern British Retold” is a brilliant exhibition at Aidan Meller Gallery celebrating some of the nation’s most important 20th-century women artists.

Alice Fanner, “AF1,” oil on panel, 10 1/4 x 14 1/8 inches

Bringing together original artwork from circa 1910-1970, “Modern British Retold” offers a cutting-edge perspective on one of the most significant moments in British art. According to ArtDaily, “With technological progress and international conflict transforming traditional gender roles, art of this period marks an important step for women’s artistic achievement. Exhibiting the work of artists who had studied at the Slade School of Art during its so-called ‘Crisis of Brilliance,’ the show represents major female contributors of the period. Working alongside the likes of Paul Nash, David Bomberg, Mark Gertler, and Stanley Spencer, these women produced artwork that is just beginning to gain the recognition it deserves. Studying under Henry Tonks, Philip Wilson Steer, and William Coldstream, artists such as Ruth Collett, Dorothy Hepworth, and Nan Youngman were informed by some of the greatest teachers of the period.”

Emily Beatrice Bland, “EBB1,” oil on panel, 9 1/8 x 11 3/8 inches
Florence Engelbach, “FE1,” oil on canvas, 22 1/8 x 18 1/8 inches

To learn more, visit Aidan Meller Gallery.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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