Sir Herbert Read(1893-1968), Critic, poet and writer on art
Sitter in 18 portraits
As a student at Leeds University (1912-5), Read's interest in modern European art developed through his membership of Leeds Art Club and friendships with painter Jacob Kramer and curator Frank Rutter. He became the foremost commentator on contemporary art in the interwar and post-war periods and was well-known for his promotion of modern European art and support for British artists such as Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth. He was editor of the influential Burlington Magazine (1933-39) and an organiser of the London International Surrealist Exhibition in 1936. In 1947 he co-founded the Institute of Contemporary Art.
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