Exhibition of the week: Nash, Nevinson, Spencer, Gertler, Carrington, Bomberg: A Crisis of Brilliance, 1908-1922, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London SE21


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This show explores what the First World War did to a generation of young artists who came to it full of the joys of modernity and emerged with a sense of inadequacy.

It draws together a group of artists who studied at the Slade School of Art before the war that profoundly affected them all.

C R W Nevinson and Paul Nash used the fractured forms of vorticism, while Stanley Spencer's Unveiling Cookham War Memorial is a moving picture of grief and disbelief. But none of them felt they had an art equal to the occasion. The exhibition is a revealing, painful one.

020 8693 5254; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk to 22 September