History and Appreciation of Art
The activity of the group is to further our understanding and appreciation of art through an illustrated talk from the leader and with contributions from the group. All are welcome; whether expert or not come and join in the conversation, find out more about the wonderful and surprising world of art
Telephone: 960 446 034
4.30pm to 6.30pm beginning October.
Meetings are at 4.30 on the first Monday of the month at the CPC
(for current changes please see the yellow panel below)
Paul Nash: Art of the First World War
We have now been running for four years and have come in our chronological survey up to the end of the Nineteenth Century, and are on the cusp of the revolution in the visual arts that we call Modernism. For new members who wish to catch up on earlier meetings please visit the Illustrated Notes and Themes below.
However, this is by no means compulsory – we are not an exam group
”There really is no such thing as Art. Only artists”
G. H. Gombrich
”Bad artists copy, good artists steal”
”Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world”
For illustrated notes of previous meetings, and timelines of artists throughout history, scroll to the bottom of the page
1) A chronological survey of western art.
Eg, Pre historic and antique, Classical Greek and Roman, Medieval and Pre Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, High Renaissance and Venetian, Northern (Flemish and German), Post Renaissance (Mannerism, Baroque and Rococo), British Art, Eighteenth and Nineteenth century France etc. Impressionists and early development of modern art.
This is an immense field so we will be taking only a brief glance at each period. The survey is treated in a flexible manner so if members wish to spend more or less time on any specific period or artist this can be accommodated. There will inevitably be more gaps in the fabric than covering material.
The meetings are very informal and members are encouraged to contribute their own views and opinions of the artworks we are looking at.
2) Taking a theme from the period covered we compare how artists of other times or cultures have dealt with the topic.
3) Members are invited to present a work from any time or place which interests, mystifies, attracts, or repels them and would like to talk about, and get everyone else talking about.
Due to covid restrictions future meetings will be continued on Zoom.
Meetings are at 4.30 on the first Friday of the month
Next meeting: Art of the First World War
Please apply to the leader for more information and to join the meetings.
New members welcome.
The Web Gallery of Art is a searchable database of European fine arts and architecture (3rd-19th centuries), currently containing over 48.000 reproductions. Artist biographies, commentaries, guided tours, period music, catalogue, free postcard and mobile services are provided.
ILLUSTRATED NOTES: Periods and Artists
* Prehistoric Art * Cycladic and Etruscan Art * Classical Greek and Roman Art * Medieval Art and Architecture * The Early Renaissance, part one * The Early Renaissance, part two * Early Netherlandish Painting, part one * Early Netherlandish Painting part two * Bosch * Breugel * German Renaissance: Grüenwald and Dürer * Cranach * High Renaissance: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael * Giorgione * Titian * Tintoretto * Mannerism * Caravaggio * Artemisia Gentileschi * 16th and 17th Century Spain * 16th Century British Painting * Dutch Art, 17th Century * 18th Century; Portrait and Landscape in British Art * The Royal Academy and the academic Tradition * 18th Century; France and Venice * Goya * Romanticism * Realism 1; Nineteenth Century France, Corot and Courbet * Realism 2; The Realist Heritage * Symbolism * The Barbizon School * Impressionism * Les Nabis * Neo Impressionsm * Divisionism – Heritage *
ILLUSTRATED NOTES: Themes
* Classicism * The Classical Heritage * The Reclining Nude * Atmospheric Abstraction * Figures in the Sky * Art and the Machine * The Pursuit of Reality * Contrasts and Comparisons * Gardens in Art * Painting Trees * The Portrait in the Age of Photography * Self Portraits * Photorealism * Techniques of printmaking * Eight Views of Sculpture * The Making of the English Landscape *
Painting and Sculpture
* TL8A America 1800-1870 * TL8Ba Britain 1 1800-1870 * TL8Bb Britain 2 1800-1870 * TL8BS Scotland 1800-1870 * TL8Fa France 1 1800-1870 * TL8Fb France 2 1800-1870 * TL8G Germany and the North 1800-1870 *
* TL 9Aa America 1 1870-1940 * TL 9Ab America 2 1870-1940 * TL 9Ac America 3 1870-1940 * TL 9ASa South America 1 1870-1940 * TL 9ASb South America 2 1870-1940 * TL 9Ba Britain 1 1870-1940 * TL 9Bb Britain 2 1870-1940 * TL 9Bc Britain 3 1870-1940 * T L 9Bd Britain 4 1870-1940 * TL 9Be Britain 5 1870-1940 * TL 9Bf Britain 6 1870-1940 * TL 9Bg Britain 7 1870-1940 * TL 9BS Scotland 1870-1940 * TL 9Fa France 1 1870-1940 * TL 9Fb France 2 1870-1940 * TL 9Fc France 3 1870-1940 * TL 9Ga Germany, Austria and Switzerland 1 1870-1940 * TL 9Gb Germany, Austria and Switzerland 2 1870-1940 * TL 9Gc Germany, Austria and Switzerland 3 1870-1940 * TL 9Gd Germany, Austria and Switerland 4 1870-1940 * TL 9N Northern Europe 1870-1940 * TL 9R Russia 1870 1940 * TL 9S Spain, Portugal, Italy 1870-1940 *
Architecture and Design