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20th century and modern

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).

Please note that this is only a selection from our collection.

Collection highlights

Title: Hermaphrodite
Artist: Allen Jones
Date: 1963

Title: Peter Getting Out of Nick's Pool
Artist: David Hockney
Date: 1966

Title: Madame Hessel au Sofa
Artist: Edouard Vuillard
Date: between about 1900 and 1901

Title: Blackberry Gathering
Artist: Elizabeth Adela Forbes (née Armstrong)
Date: first exhibited in 1912

Title: Mrs Mounter
Artist: Harold John Gilman
Date: first exhibited in 1916

Title: Creation and Crucifixion
Artist: Jack Smith
Date: between 1955 and 1956

Title: Spring in St. John's Wood
Artist: Laura Knight (née Johnson)
Date: first exhibited in 1933

Title: The Fever Van
Artist: Laurence Stephen Lowry
Date: 1935

Title: Interior at Paddington
Artist: Lucian Freud
Date: first exhibited in 1951

Title: Still Life: Autumn Fashion
Artist: Patrick Caulfield
Date: 1978

Title: Blotter
Artist: Peter Doig
Date: 1993

Title: The Old Bedford
Artist: Walter Richard Sickert
Date: first exhibited 1895