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Figures in the City: Picturing people in post-war London Jo Walton Monday 24 February 2020

In the years after the Second World War, London was dark, grimy and gap-toothed by bomb damage. Yet alongside austerity there was also enormous creativity and a longing for beauty and glamour. Young artists, such as Lucien Freud, John Craxton and John Minton were developing stark new styles of representing people. Meanwhile, Francis Bacon’s work contrasted sharply with Cecil Beaton’s lavish tableaux of opulent pastel-shaded ball-gowns modelled by debutantes. Jo Walton looks at the changing face of post-war London seen through the eyes of artists beginning to make their names. It’s a journey that, for some, would lead to super-stardom.

A job as a bookseller turned into a twenty year career for Jo Walton who went on to run her own specialist art bookshop in London. She has also worked for the auctioneers, Christies. In addition to teaching art history, Jo has been a volunteer guide at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Sharing her passion for the periods, places and artworks she loves, Jo is now a freelance lecturer for The Art Fund, Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery and a host of arts societies throughout the UK.

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