The Free Painters and Sculptors

During the thirties, before the Second World War, a number of artists, with Henry Moore, Hepworth, Sutherland and Ben Nicholson in the forefront, were the small voice of a modern artist preference in Britain. Inevitably the war was a catalyst for changed opinion, although in the visual arts change didn’t occur immediately after the cessation of hostilities. London galleries mainly returned to what they felt was the safe option – a well mannered and not too adventurous version of what they had been offering in the past, as though the war years had simply been a hiccup. New ideas had to find their way through post-war years that were in part being furnished with sentimentality for the past.