While countries such as Italy with the Renaissance, France with Impressionism and America with Abstract Expressionism, each have well defined developments in styles and art, Britain has been somewhat less clear making styles more difficult to place in history.
Modern British can be placed around the end of the First World War, with abstract beginning to hit and then after the Second World War, progressive painting and sculpture by artists like Ben Nicholson were increasingly popular. It continues to be a growing sector in art, famous with new or returning collectors and fanatics alike, now being one of the most vibrant and representing a large amount of auction houses.
Christie’s Modern British Art sales in London achieved a total of £14.8 million in January 2020, selling on average 88% by lot. This is a market that benefits from the ever-changing fashions, growing steadily since the 1990’s.