A Crisis of Brilliance, Dulwich Picture Gallery

The very tall, skeletal and formidable Henry Tonks (1862-1937), surgeon and anatomist, became one of the most decisive, influential, scathing and inspirational teachers in the history of visual education. At the Slade, in his second career as artist and teacher, he presided over several generations of London-based artists who formed the bedrock of modernism, from the absorption of Impressionism to the various isms of the turn of the last century. He referred to this cohort of his students, here being celebrated, as “a crisis of brilliance”.

It is the generation who first gaily embraced the bohemian freedoms of art school and then were tempered by the horrors of World War I (Tonks himself served not only as a war artist but as a doctor) that is under examination in this truly revelatory exhibition. Several have only relatively recently been revalued – CRW Nevinson and David Bomberg, for example – while others

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