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A DAY IN THE SUN
The pursuit of leisure was one of the most remarkable social phenomena of the 1930s. While this movement was celebrated through guidebooks, Shell posters and the building of over one hundred lidos, it seems to have had relatively little impact on the fine art world of painting – or did it? This ground-breaking exhibition looks at a small group of figurative painters whose paintings of swimmers, cyclists and sunbathers promote an aspect of our own culture in the 1930s which has long been concealed beneath the shadow of similar activities in Germany, where Freikörperkultur was put to the service of a more sinister ideology. Yet these British paintings may not be as innocent as they seem either…