Picturing Modernity: The Linocuts of Claude Flight, Cyril Power & Sybil Andrews

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During the Interwar years in Great Britain, Claude Flight and his students at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art in London sought to create a new visual language suitable to the dynamic, if not frenetic, energy of their modern age. Flight believed the colour linoleum cut print to be the ideal vehicle for this new mode of expression, as it was unencumbered by the tradition and history of more established printing processes. His two most successful students, Sybil Andrews and Cyril Edward Power, mastered their teacher’s colour linocut technique. Both artists explored the themes of speed, urbanism and the rhythm of the human figure in their work but also sought to question and, at times escape from, the hectic pace that defined modern daily life. The Jeffrey M. Kaplan collection, featured in Sotheby’s Prints & Multiples sale, assembles some of the artists’ most striking and important images and is the largest group of Grosvenor School prints from a single owner to come to auction in recent memory. Click ahead to see some of the highlights on offer. –John Maher

Prints & Multiples
27–28 April New York

Picturing Modernity: The Linocuts of Claude Flight, Cyril Power & Sybil Andrews

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