School of London

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An expression coined by R. B. Kitaj in 1976 and given wide currency when it was used as the title of a British Council exhibition that toured Europe in 1987—‘A School of London: Six Figurative Painters’ (the six were Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Kitaj himself, and Leon Kossoff). In 1989 the term was used as the title of a book by Alistair Hicks—The School of London: The Resurgence of Contemporary Painting. The book covers other artists apart from the original six, including Howard Hodgkin. It is not clear what the label is meant to mean and some critics have denied that any such thing as a School of London exists.

Subjects: Art.

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