St Christopher

A Crisis of Brilliance
Event 11
Saturday October 19th, 4.30pm 
Little Missenden Village Hall

An extraordinary group of British artists

This is an archived event from the 2013 Programme.

In the years leading up to the First World War, the Slade School of Art in London was the leading establishment in England for teaching drawing and painting. Its students included some of the most important British artists of the first half of the twentieth century, including David Bomberg, Dora Carrington, Mark Gertler, Paul Nash, C R W Nevinson, William Roberts, Stanley Spencer and Edward Wadsworth.

David Boyd Haycock’s illustrated lecture is based on his book, A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War (2009), and on the 2013 summer exhibition he curated on this theme at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.  It explores the extraordinary story of these young artists’ interlocking lives, and their artistic education and development during one of the most exciting periods in modern British art, culminating in the horror and drama of the First World War.

Below is The Menin Road 1918-19 by Paul Nash (Imperial War Museum), painted mainly in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire.

David Boyd Haycock read Modern History at the University of Oxford, and has an MA in the History of Art and a PhD in History. Having worked at universities in Oxford, London and California, and as a Curator at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, he is now a freelance writer, lecturer and curator based in Oxford. His books include Paul Nash (2002), A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War (2009) and I Am Spain: The Spanish Civil War and the Foreigners who went to Fight Fascism (2012).

For more information on the David Boyd Haycock, click here. For more information on the Dulwich Picture Gallery, click here.