With Queen Elizabeth’s record-breaking reign in the news, it’s an opportune time to celebrate all the artists who thrived during her tenure. Accordingly, Drawing’s exhibition of the month for September is “Pastoral to Pop: 20th-Century Britain on Paper,” on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, through February 21. The show includes more than 50 British prints and drawings, highlighting the richness and variety of British art from the past century.
The earliest works in the exhibition come from a time when Impressionism was still fresh, and the exhibition progresses through several Modernist movements, eventually leading to Pop Art, which exploded in Britain in the early 1960s. Among the artists on view are Lucian Freud, Cyril Power, Richard Hamilton, Patrick Caulfield, Gillian Ayres and David Hockney.
Below is a small sample of some of the British prints and drawings in this lively drawing exhibition. For more information, visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. And to stay abreast of drawing exhibitions and other great museum shows, subscribe to Drawing magazine.
The Eight, by Cyril E. Power, ca. 1930, color linocut. Courtesy EB Power & Osborne Samuel Ltd, London. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Found Objects, by Patrick Caulfield, 1968, screenprint. © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Pool I (Lithograph of Water Made of Thick and Thin Lines, A Green Wash, a Light Blue Wash and a Dark Blue Wash), by David Hockney, 1978–1980, lithograph in seven colors. © David Hockney. Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Lullaby, by Ian Hamilton Finlay, 1975, screenprint. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Head of an Irishman, by Lucian Freud, 1999, etching. © Lucian Freud. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.