The Beaux Arts Quartet was name given to a group of four young realist painters whose work was exhibited at the Beaux Arts gallery, London in the early 1950s

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  • Jack Smith, 'Figure in a Room I' 1959
    Jack Smith
    Figure in a Room I 1959
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1524 x 1524 mm
    Presented by Mr and Mrs Kenneth Levy through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1965© The estate of Jack Smith
  • Edward Middleditch, 'Sheffield Weir II' 1954
    Edward Middleditch
    Sheffield Weir II 1954
    Oil on wood
    support: 914 x 1505 mm
    Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1968© The estate of Edward Middleditch
  • Jack Smith, 'Mother Bathing Child' 1953
    Jack Smith
    Mother Bathing Child 1953
    Oil on board
    support: 1829 x 1219 mm

    Purchased 1955© The estate of Jack Smith

The Beaux Arts Gallery in London was run by the painter Helen Lessore from 1951–65. (There is no connection with the present London gallery of the same name). She made it a major venue for contemporary realist painting.

From 1952–4 she gave solo exhibitions to four young realist painters John Bratby, Derrick Greaves, Edward Middleditch and Jack Smith, who had all known each other at the Royal College of Art. They became known as the Beaux Arts Quartet, and from December 1954, were celebrated as the Kitchen Sink painters, a term referring to their often grittily domestic subject matter. In 1956 the Beaux Arts Quartet were selected to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale, together with Ivon Hitchens and Lynn Chadwick.

Other artists associated with the Beaux Arts Gallery included David Bomberg, Raymond Mason, John Lessore, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, Euan Uglow, Myles Murphy and Craigie Aitchison.