The Romantic Impulse

May 25 - June 23, 2017

Neo Romanticism is a broad brush description of one of the most significant movements in 20th century British art; its boundaries and content are governed more by a spirit of place and an impulse to convey the quintessence of the British Isles. Influences include landscape, weather, history and literature rather than any specific stylistic interpretation, language or school. The exhibition traces its lineage, from the early pastoral scenes of Blake and Palmer, through to Sutherland and the key decades of the 1930s and 1940s, when Neo Romanticism found it’s unique voice during a period of relative cultural isolation in these isles.

The artists most associated with Neo Romanticism are Sutherland, Nash, Piper and Moore followed by the younger generation of Ayrton, Craxton, Clough, Minton, Vaughan and the ‘Two Roberts’ Colquhoun and MacBryde. All these are included in this exhibition.

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The Romantic Impulse


OSBORNE SAMUEL GALLERY is one of London’s leading galleries, long established in the heart of Mayfair. The gallery began as Berkeley Square Gallery and became Osborne Samuel when Peter Osborne and Gordon Samuel joined forces. The gallery specialises in Modern British Painting and Sculpture and has a high reputation for the quality of its exhibitions and publications. Expand...

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