Friday, 25 October 2013

Old School

Schools Prints, published in the 1940s, were the first example of the new post-war spirit in British art and design. As the name suggests, these were made to be circulated in schools and were the first experience of modern art for many schoolchildren and a splash of vibrant colour in the drab days of rationing.

Barbara Jones, Fairground, 1945

John Nash, Harvesting, 1947

John Nash, Window Plants, 1945

John Tunnard, Holiday, 1947

Kenneth Rowntree, Tractor, 1945
Unfortunately the costs of producing prints for 4000 schools became unmanageable, and a final series including European giants Picasso and Matisse caused the project to fatally founder. Shame.

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