St Ives and British Modernism: The George and Ann Dannatt CollectionSt Ives and British Modernism: The George and Ann Dannatt Collection

Non-Objective Sculpture and Printmaking in Britain

The artist Stanley William Hayter was an important link between abstract art in France, the USA and Britain. In 1927 he set up Atelier 17 in Paris, where he worked with artists including Picasso, Ernst, Miró and Kandinsky. During the 1940s he relocated Atelier 17 to New York, where he was involved with several Abstract Expressionist artists before returning to Paris in 1950. The dynamic and expressive linear qualities of Hayter's etchings are in marked contrast with the solid forms in the graphic works of the sculptors Robert Adams and Lynn Chadwick who were associated with the 1950s ‘Geometry of Fear' - a term for a group of sculptors coined by the critic Herbert Read. Professor Brandon Taylor has noted that the Dannatt's ‘retained an appetite for existential painting and sculpture - the geometry of fear and joy - at a time when the mode of practice was beginning to emerge from the shadows and gain an old master status.'

A series of drawings by George Dannatt are also on display in this room, revealing how his art collection and interests informed the linear qualities of his own abstract artworks.