The Northern School, a regional art movementthat has become one of the most commercially successful in the UK, was founded in the maelstrom of the collapse of Lancashire's heavy industries and two World Wars. It is a school that began at around the turn of the 20th century and ended in the 1990s when the industrial backdrop which formed the bulk of its main subject matter had vanished, but its influence remains today with a handful of exciting younger painters.
The movement was about more than preserving a lost landscape, it was an artistic celebration of a people facing and adapting to the consequences of irreversible global change. The Northern School: A Reappraisal is the first book to show how this schoolwas inter-connected with the main movements in Modern British and European Art and examines the work of its greatest pupils in context.
It was a school that mourned the past and yet looked to the future, tentative but confident and willing to use the tools supplied by artists such as Edgar Degas, Walter Sickert and L S Lowry.