20th century and contemporary paintings collection

20th-contemporary-paintings

About this collection

The 20th century saw rapid and dramatic developments in art, both in form and conception.

The move away from figurative and narrative painting towards more abstract styles is reflected in the Walker Art Gallery's collection.

The gallery’s collection of later 20th century painting is dominated by works acquired through the John Moores Painting Prize.

This biennial event, held since 1957, has provided an opportunity for some of Britain's most innovative and talented painters to reach a national audience. Winners have included David Hockney (born 1937) and Peter Doig (born 1959).

Here are some highlights from our collection.

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