Art Term

New English Art Club

The New English Art Club (NEAC) was founded in London in 1886 as an exhibiting society by artists influenced by impressionism and whose work was rejected by the conservative Royal Academy

Sir George Clausen, ‘The Girl at the Gate’ 1889
Sir George Clausen
The Girl at the Gate 1889
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Walter Richard Sickert, ‘Minnie Cunningham at the Old Bedford’ 1892
Walter Richard Sickert
Minnie Cunningham at the Old Bedford 1892
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Philip Wilson Steer, ‘Girls Running, Walberswick Pier’ 1888–94
Philip Wilson Steer
Girls Running, Walberswick Pier 1888–94
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Key early members were James Abbott McNeill Whistler (although he soon resigned) Walter Sickert and Philip Steer. Others in the first show included Sir George Clausen, Stanhope Forbes and John Singer Sargent.

Initially avant-garde, the NEAC quickly became increasingly conservative and Sickert and Steer formed an ‘impressionist nucleus’ within it, staging their own show London Impressionists in 1889. NEAC remained important as a showcase for advanced art until 1911 when it was challenged by the Camden Town Group and London Group. It continued to be influential into the 1920s with artists such as Augustus John and Sir Stanley Spencer exhibiting.

It still exists, now preserving the impressionist tradition.