Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

The 1920s was a period of contrasts and this exhibition explores the styles, ideas and events that shaped Scottish art during this influential decade.

Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

About Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

12th Sep 2020 to 6th Jun 2021
From 10am
City Art Centre
2 Market Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1DE
Free entry (pre-booking essential)
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The 1920s was a period of contrasts: high spirits and sombre reflection, decadent excess and hard realities. Bright Shadows explores the styles, ideas and events that shaped Scottish art during this influential decade. Drawn from the City Art Centre’s fine art collection, the exhibition features a range of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture by artists including Stanley Cursiter, S.J. Peploe, Dorothy Johnstone, Eric Robertson and William McCance.

Free entry (pre-booking essential)

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