Dynamism and Colour: British linocuts of the 1930s 

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Exhibition now closed
20 August 2009 – 15 February 2010
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The giant stride 1933, Spowers, Ethel (1890–1947). Gift of Rex Nan Kivell, 1953. Te Papa
The giant stride 1933, Spowers, Ethel (1890–1947). Gift of Rex Nan Kivell, 1953. Te Papa
Speed circa 1922, Flight, Claude (1881–1955), London. Gift of Rex Nan Kivell, 1953. Te Papa
Speed circa 1922, Flight, Claude (1881–1955), London. Gift of Rex Nan Kivell, 1953. Te Papa

The dynamics of modern life, and its effect on cities and people, was a particular interest for Claude Flight and other artists from the Grosvenor School of Modern Art in London. Influenced by the Italian Futurists, these prints convey the optimism of the Roaring '20s and the '30s, with images of cars, machinery, sports, and daily life all captured in vivid colour.

The colour linocut was a 20th century invention. It was also these artists’ medium of choice, as they believed it captured the spirit of the modern age: industrialism and utilitarianism.

This is a small selection of the ninety-five linocuts by artists of the Grosvenor School which are held by Te Papa. They were donated to the Museum in the early 1950s by expatriate New Zealander Rex Nan Kivell, a director of the Redfern Gallery in London.