Art & Coffee at The Beaumont (20th February 2020): Stanley Spencer’s Visions of Cookham

Art & Coffee Mornings

at Southgate Beaumont

15, Cannon Hill, London N14 7DJ

Join us for coffee and conversation as we explore paintings through the ages!

Thursday 20th February, 10.30-11.30am

The Cookham Visions of Stanley Spencer

Sir Stanley Spencer, CBE RA (1891 – 1959) was an English painter well-known for his paintings depicting Biblical scenes occurring as if in Cookham, the small village beside the River Thames where he was born and spent much of his life. Spencer referred to Cookham as “a village in Heaven” and fellow-villagers are shown as their Gospel counterparts – see: http://www.tate.org

Spencer, Stanley, 1891-1959; Self Portrait

Stanley Spencer: Self-portrait

[1936; The Fitzwilliam Museum; c/o artuk.org]

The Art & Coffee Mornings are run by Dr ML Banting and open to anyone with an interest in art history and visual culture.

Coffee & biscuits!

For further information please email chasingtales@rocketmail.com or by twitter @TheCommonViewer

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft (29th February 2020): The Visions of Stanley Spencer

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft

Saturday 29th February, 10.30am

The Visions of Stanley Spencer

Stanley Spencer was perhaps one of the most unique artists working in Britain in the early 20th century, his beloved village of Cookham augmented with biblical visions. Today we’ll discuss his remarkable work and eccentric life in the context of the post-war 1920s and the art of his peers.

Spencer, Stanley, 1891-1959; Self Portrait

Self Portrait: Stanley Spencer (1891–1959) [1923; Stanley Spencer Gallery; artuk.org]

see Stanley Spencer Gallery website

follow: @SpencerCookham on Twitter

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Meetings are held 10.30am – 12.30pm in the Beecroft Gallery lecture theatre.

Each talk costs £10 and includes tea/coffee (biscuits!)

For further information please contact Mark Banting by email chasingtales@rocketmail.com or via twitter @TheCommonViewer

These monthly Saturday morning art history talks are educational yet informal and open to anyone with an interest in art.

Into The 20s with Nina Hamnett and her peers… Notes & Resources (Beecroft, Jan 2020)

Into The 20s with Nina Hamnett and her peers… Notes & Resources

The Beecroft Gallery, January 2020

 

Nina Hamnett

Books

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Laughing Torso: Reminiscences of Nina Hamnett [Nina Hamnett, 1932; Constable & co.]

Is She A Lady? [Nina Hamnett; 1955; Allan Wingate]

Nina Hamnett: Queen of Bohemia [Denise Hooker; 1986; Constable & Co.]

 

Nina Hamnett as Muse

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) Torso [1914; Tate]

https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/gaudier-brzeska-torso-t03731

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska: The Dancer [1913; Tate]

https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/gaudier-brzeska-the-dancer-t00762

Walter Sickert (1860-1942) The Little Tea Party (Nina Hamnett & Roald Kristian) [1915; Tate]

https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/sickert-the-little-tea-party-nina-hamnett-and-roald-kristian-n05288

For Roger Fry’s portrait of Nina Hamnett, see

http://www.artandarchitecture.org.uk/images/gallery/c220f145.html

 

Omega Workshop

https://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/o/omega-workshops/story-omega-workshops

Nina Hamnett’s Paintings

https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/view_as/grid/search/keyword:nina-hamnettpaintings

https://www.bridgemanimages.co.uk/en/search?filter_text=Nina%20Hamnett&filter_group=all&filter_region=GBR&sort=most_popular

https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/searchresults.aspx?sc_lang=en&lid=1&searchFrom=searchresults&entry=Nina%20Hamnett&searchtype=p&action=search

https://www.sothebys.com/en/search-results.html?query=Nina%20Hamnett

 

Vanessa Bell and Charleston

https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/view_as/grid/search/keyword:vanessa-bell/sort_by/date_earliest/order/asc/page/1

https://www.charleston.org.uk/

Nancy Cunard

https://www.vandaimages.com/results.asp?txtkeys1=Nancy%20Cunard&pixperpage=40

https://www.tate.org.uk/art/archive/items/tga-779-8-112/banting-photograph-of-nancy-cunard-multiple-exposure

Other artists

(again the websites artuk.org and bridgemanimages.com are always the best places to start from)

Adrian Allinson (1890-1959)

Duncan Grant (1885-1978)

Sylvia Gosse (1881–1968)

Spencer Gore (1878-1914)

JD Fergusson (1874-1961)

SJ Peploe (1871-1935)

Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957)

Helen Saunders (1885-1963)

Gwen John (1876-1939)

Laura Knight (1877-1970)

Augustus Edwin John (1878–1961)

Brett (The Hon. Dorothy Eugenie Brett, 1883-1977)

(Dora) Carrington (1893-1932)

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915)

Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967)

Amadeo Modigliani (1884-1920)

Marie Vassilieff (1884-1957)

Bernard Meninsky (1891–1950)

Ethelbert White (1891–1972)

Ivon Hitchens (1893–1979)

Edward Wadsworth (1889–1949)

Delores Courtney (no dates)

John Banting (1902-1972)

Alvaro Guevara (1894-1951)

Marie Laurencin (1883-1965)

Ambrose McEvoy (1878–1927)

Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980)

Constantin Brancuși (1876-1957)

Barbara Ker-Seymer (1905-1993)

 

Other books

and music

“Façade” – Edith Sitwell and William Walton

Unfortunately I can’t find any recording of Henry Crowder’s jazz band

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I hope this has been useful, please let me know what else you discover!

Words & Pictures: Simon Mawer’s “The Glass Room”

The Words & Pictures Book Club

Monday 10th February, 2-4pm

Gleneagles Tea Rooms

Join us for the Words & Pictures book club where we will be reading and discussing novels in which visual art and artists are part of the story.

book6For our February meeting, we travel to former Czechoslovakia and the architectural wonder of the Landauer House, shining with steel and glass and onyx. It’s been built for newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentile. But the radiant honesty of early 1930’s modernism quickly tarnishes as the storm clouds of WW2 gather, and eventually the family must flee their home. But the house’s story is far from over, and as it passes from hand to hand, from Czech to Russian, both the best and the worst of the history of Eastern Europe becomes somehow embodied by the beautiful, austere surfaces and planes so carefully designed.

Haunting and mysterious – Jane Shilling, The Telegraph

Words & Pictures meets monthly 2-4pm in the glorious surrounds of the Gleneagles Tea Rooms – where there is tea and cake a-plenty!

Gleneagles Tea Rooms

All welcome but please email me to reserve your place: chasingtales@rocketmail.com

Gleneagles Guesthouse
5-6 Clifftown Parade
Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1DP

#IntoThe1920s #ArtReading

Just a quick ‘listing’ of some of the fabulous books out & around at the moment that have relevance to art, artists & inter-war British culture…

Books on Nina Hamnett specifically are quite hard to come by (Inter-Library loans) but there are two autobiographies “Laughing Torso” and “Is She A Lady?” as well as Denise Hooker’s “Nina Hamnett: Queen of Bohemia”.

On Nancy Cunard, there are two biographies: Anne Chisholm’s “Nancy Cunard” and Lois Gordon’s “Nancy Cunard: Heiress, Muse, Political Idealist”. “Selected Poems” is available and, coming up, a US publication: “Nancy Cunard: Perfect Stranger” by Jane Marcus – and what a cover photo by Curtis Moffat, circa 1925 (see: http://www.vam.ac.uk)

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Please feel free to suggest further titles I might include. Happy #ArtReading!

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft: Saturday 25th January 2020

Into the 1920s:

Vanessa Bell, Nina Hamnett & Nancy Cunard

The Beecroft Gallery

Saturday 25th January

Our theme today is the transition from war to peace in British art.

The period 1910-1914 had been vital and experimental when it came to British art history: The Camden Town Group, Bloomsbury and the Vorticists all vied for attention. War, unsurprisingly, dulled much of that enthusiasm. Today, by following the lives of two artists – Vanessa Bell and Nina Hamnett – and that of the poet Nancy Cunard, we will explore the cultural contexts of the early 1920s.

Bell, Vanessa, 1879-1961; Clive Bell (1881-1964), and Family

Vanessa Bell: Clive Bell and Family

[1924; New Walk Gallery, Leicester; c/o artuk.org]

Meetings are held 10.30am – 12.30pm in the Beecroft Gallery lecture theatre.

Each talk costs £10 and includes tea/coffee (biscuits!)

For further information please contact Mark Banting by email chasingtales@rocketmail.com or via twitter @TheCommonViewer

These monthly Saturday morning art history talks are educational yet informal and open to anyone with an interest in art.

Art & Coffee Mornings at The Beaumont: Thursday 23rd January 2020

Join us for an hour of coffee and conversation as we explore paintings through the ages!

Nina Hamnett (1890-1956):

Queen of Bohemia

Thursday 23rd January 2020 (10.30am)

Hamnett, Nina, 1890-1956; The Student

The Student [1917; Ferens Art Gallery, c/o artuk.org]

Hamnett is now best remembered as the ‘Queen’ of bohemian London. During the 1930s and 1940s she was a well-known character in the pubs and bars of Fitzrovia, regaling fellow bohemians with stories and anecdotes in exchange for a drink. During the early twentieth century, however, Hamnett was a promising young artist, exhibiting her work with the Allied Artists’ Association, the New English Art Club and the London Group.(www.tate.org.uk)

The Art & Coffee Mornings at Barchester Care’s Southgate Beaumont are run by Dr ML Banting in collaboration with the activities team on site and open to anyone – residents and non-residents – with an interest in art history and visual culture.

Southgate Beaumont Care Home: 15, Cannon Hill, London N14 7DJ

For further information please email chasingtales@rocketmail.com or contact via twitter @TheCommonViewer

 

The “Words & Pictures” Book Club: 13th January 2020

Join us for the Words & Pictures book club to read and discuss novels in which visual art and artists are relevant to the narrative.

Our next meeting is on Monday 13th January (2-4pm) when the book under review will be Orhan Pamuk’s “My Name is Red”

Pamuk

The Sultan secretly commissions a great book: a celebration of his life and the Ottoman Empire, to be illuminated by the best artists of the day – in the European manner. In Istanbul at a time of violent fundamentalism, however, this is a dangerous proposition. Even the illustrious circle of artists are not allowed to know for whom they are working. But when one of the miniaturists is murdered, their Master has to seek outside help. Did the dead painter fall victim to professional rivalry, romantic jealousy or religious terror? With the Sultan demanding an answer within three days, perhaps the clue lies somewhere in the half-finished pictures . . .

Words & Pictures meets monthly 2-4pm in the glorious surrounds of the Gleneagles Tea Rooms – where there is tea and cake a-plenty!

Gleneagles Tea Rooms

All welcome but please email me to reserve your place: chasingtales@rocketmail.com

Gleneagles Guesthouse
5-6 Clifftown Parade
Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1DP

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft (14th Dec. 2019): The Art of Laura Knight

Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) was one of the most extraordinary artists of the 20th century. She achieved huge fame and yet, whilst we might perhaps know her name, most of her paintings are now surprisingly unknown. So, today, we will raid books, articles, films and archives in order to tell her story: from the early years learning her craft in the coastal art colonies of Staithes and then Newlyn, to her behind-the-scenes pictures at the ballet and the circus; and then of course her war art. Along the way we’ll meet her husband Harold and friends such as Alfred Munnings and Dod Proctor; and we’ll find the artist Laura Knight blazing with vision year after year.

Knight, Laura, 1877-1970; The Cornish Coast

Laura Knight: The Cornish Coast

[1917; National Museum of Wales; artuk.org]

All welcome!

Meetings are held 10.30am – 12.30pm in the Beecroft Gallery lecture theatre.
Each talk costs £10 and includes tea/coffee (biscuits!)

For further information please contact Mark Banting by email chasingtales@rocketmail.com or via twitter @TheCommonViewer

These monthly Saturday morning art history talks are educational yet informal and open to anyone with an interest in art.

The Words & Pictures Book Club (Dec. 2019): Dorothy L Sayers’ “Five Red Herrings”

Monday 9th December, 2-4pm

The Gleneagles

Join us for the Words & Pictures book club where we will be reading and discussing novels in which visual art and artists are relevant to the narrative.

Dorothy Sayers

This month we’re looking at Dorothy L Sayers’ detective novel “Five Red Herrings” (originally published in 1931) which takes us – along with Lord Peter Wimsey – to Scotland and the artists’ colony near Kirkcudbright, made particularly famous by the painters now known as The Glasgow Boys.

“If one lives in Galloway, one either fishes or paints. ‘Either’ is perhaps misleading, for most of the painters are fishers also in their space time. To be neither of these things is considered odd and almost eccentric.”

MacGeorge, William Stewart, 1861-1931; Salmon Fishers on the Dee at Kirkcudbright

Salmon Fishers on the Dee at Kirkcudbright

by William MacGeorge [Aberdeen Art Gallery; artuk.org]

Words & Pictures meets monthly 2-4pm in the glorious surrounds of the Gleneagles Tea Rooms – where there is tea and cake a-plenty!

Gleneagles Tea Rooms

All welcome but please email me to reserve your place: chasingtales@rocketmail.com

Gleneagles Guesthouse
5-6 Clifftown Parade
Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1DP