Join Spectator art critic Martin Gayford for a fascinating look at painting in London from the Second World War to the 1970s. Using first-hand interviews he paints a vivid picture of the lives, friendships, inspirations and rivalries among a number of acclaimed artists, including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Gillian Ayres and Howard Hodgkin. Set against the backdrop of Soho bohemia in the 1940s and 1950s and ‘Swinging London’ in the 1960s, these post-war painters were driven by the question ‘what is painting?’ and explored in their diverse ways, but with equal passion, the possibilities of paint.
Martin Gayford is art critic for The Spectator. His books include Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud, David Hockney: A Bigger Message and Rendez-vous with Art (with Philippe de Montebello), and he is also the co-author with David Hockney of A History of Pictures, all published by Thames & Hudson.