Past Lectures & visits 23 November 2017 Hidden Treasures: The Fine Art of Book Illustration James Russell By their very nature, book illustrations tend to be hidden, and the work of even well-known artists is rarely seen. In a broad survey we enter the secret world of the illustrated book, focusing mainly on popular titles such as Alice in Wonderland and Gilbert White's Selborne - showing the diverse ways in which artists have responded to the text. We look at wood engravings, line drawings, pochoir illustrations and lithographs by a diverse range of artists, including John Tenniel and EH Shepard, Barnett Freedman and Eric Ravilious, Kathleen Hale and Quentin Blake. A visual and literary treat. Click here for background on John Tenniel 26 October 2017 AGM A Flawed Genius? The life and art of Amadeo Modigliani  Frank Woodgate Opinions are divided about what would have become of Amadeo Modigliani, had he not died of tuberculosis (and excess) at the age of only 35. Some critics claim that he would have gone on to be a modern master, while many feel that he had already produced his greatest and most powerful works of both painting and sculpture before his untimely death. From an Italian/Jewish background (he was born in Livorno in 1884), he settled in Paris in 1906 and, while outside the prevailing movements (Fauvism, Cubism and Futurism), was friendly with other artists such as Picasso and absorbed influences from such varied sources as Botticelli and African tribal carving. Double portrait of Jacques Lipchitz and his wife, Berthe, 1916 Click here for background on Modigliani 28 September 2017 Twentieth Century Sculpture  Linda Smith This lecture traces the development of sculpture in the twentieth century, from large lumps of marble at one end to unmade beds at the other, and explains how and why this trajectory happened. Key developments like Cubism, Primitivism, Surrealism and Pop Art all affected sculpture, and are carefully explained with a wide range of illustrations. Tracy Emin- My Bed The Bodleian Library, Oxford Visit on Tuesday 19 September 2017 Despite motorway closures and huge traffic jams, forward planning ensured we arrived at the Bodleian Library for our prebooked tour at one minute before it was due to start.  We missed our coffee break, but the very informative and interesting tour and atmosphere of the Library and its surrounds made up for this.  A very pleasant lunch and time to visit exhibitions and walk around a beautifully sunny Oxford, alongside the film crews and cast of either Lewis or Endeavour contributed to a lovely afternoon before again, an elongated drive back.  Thank you to Gay and Sue for the extremely well organised day and to our bus driver who avoided the M1 !   Foreigners in London 1520 - 1677: Artists who changed the course of British Art Leslie Primo Thursday 24 August 2017 This lecture will be held at Greetham Valley Golf Club and will be followed by the Summer Lunch. The lecture will look at the various formats and uses of art, tracing foreign artists from the Tudor period through to the Renaissance and Baroque, looking at their origins and how they came to work in England. It will examine the contributions of artists such as Holbein, van Honthorst, Gheeraerts the younger, the Horenbouts, Isaac Oliver, van Somer, van Dyck, Lely, and Rubens. This lecture will consider how these artists influenced the British School of painting and assess their legacy. A visit was made in June 2017 to the Hokusai - Beyond the Great Wave Exhibition at the British Museum.
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