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William Coldstream (1908–1987) was a leading figure in British twentieth-century art, influential both as a member of the art establishment and as a figurative painter. This book is both an engrossing account of his life and analysis of his work.
Coldstream used art to portray real life, rendering his subjects—whether an urban landscape, a portrait, or a nude—with objectivity. In 1937 he co-founded the Euston Road School, and in 1943 he was appointed an Official War Artist and sent to Egypt and Italy, where he painted the war-torn landscape. Following the war he taught at Camberwell School of Art before being appointed Slade Professor of Fine Art in 1949. Coldstream remained in that position for twenty-five years, raising the Slade to the height of its renown and inspiring generations of students. After his retirement in 1975, he produced some of his finest works.

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“To anyone interested in British figurative painting, the Euston Road School and the Slade, this book is a must, and, unlike many art books, it is not one that you buy for the reproductions alone but for every engaging word.”—Ken Howard, Royal Academy

“William Coldstream brings to life the life, times and art of a one-time leading figure in Britain’s 20th century artscene. Painter, tacher, Slade lecturer and co-founder of the Euston Road School, Coldstream is masterfully given his due by Bruce Laughton.”—Art Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300102437
  • Publisher: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
  • Publication date: 7/26/2004
  • Series: Studies in British Art Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.88 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Laughton is professor emeritus of art history at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

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