Edward Wadsworth, ‘Bronze Ballet’ 1940
Tate Britain

1940

Main Floor
Edward Wadsworth, Bronze Ballet 1940. Tate. © Tate

See artworks from 1940-1950, which mainly respond to World War II

You see art made during the war, scenes of devastation and of mutilation…we see images of pessimism, optimism, horrific scenes and utopian idealism, all different responses to the same horrific historic situation. Chris Stephens

The 1940s was perhaps the most tumultuous period of the twentieth century, with the Second World War and the Holocaust having a clear and profound impact on artists and their work.

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Tate Britain
Millbank
London SW1P 4RG
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Artwork

Dame Barbara Hepworth Pelagos

1946
Artwork

Eileen Agar Angel of Anarchy

1936–40
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Sir Jacob Epstein Jacob and the Angel

1940–1

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