Art History Mornings at The Beecroft (Nov. 2019): Art in Europe 1914-1918

Saturday 30th November

Art

1914-1918

War & Revolution

London – Moscow – Zurich

With the benefit of a century’s hindsight we can see the complexities of the European cultural landscape during The Great War, 1914-1918.

In this month’s discussion we’ll look at the war from London through the art of CRW Nevinson, who used Futurist techniques to bring home the horror of the frontlines. Then, in Moscow, we’ll see how Cubism and Futurism were reconfigured by Malevich in the ‘new art’ of Suprematism which established a revolutionary Russian art. And in Zurich we’ll meet the artists, poets and performers who created Dada in opposition to the war and the culture that led to it.

Malevich - Mona Lisa

Kazimir Malevich

Composition with Mona Lisa

[1914; Russian Museum, St Petersburg]

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.

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Art History Mornings at The Beecroft (Nov. 2019): Art in Europe, 1914-18

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft Gallery
Saturday 30th November, 10.30am-12.30pm
with Dr ML Banting

Art
Europe
1914-1918
War & Revolution
London, Zurich, Moscow

Join us at The Beecroft Art Gallery to discuss the art that was made during the tumultuous and tragic years of The Great War.
We’ll cross Europe: from war artists working in London, to the Dada group and the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, then on to Moscow and the avant-garde artists of the Russian Revolution.

Hugo Ball
Hugo Ball performing at The Cabaret Voltaire, 1916.

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 History Mornings at The Beecroft: October 2019 – The Vorticists

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft Gallery

Saturday 26th October, 10.30am-12.30pm

with Dr ML Banting

 The Vorticists

Our explorations of Post-Impressionist and the waves of Cubism / Futurism that extended across Europe in the years just prior to the Great War now come to London and The Vorticist group – perhaps one of the most radical art movements in British Art History. Led by Wyndham Lewis who set up the Rebel Art Centre and launched Blast magazine, the group’s paintings are near-abstract in seeking to represent the speed and movement of urban modernity.

Kermesse

Image: The Dancers (Study for Kermesse) by Wyndham Lewis

[1912; Manchester Art Gallery; 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 History Mornings at The Beecroft Gallery (September 2019): The Futurists

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft Gallery
Saturday 28th September 10.30am-12.30pm
with Dr ML Banting

The Futurists

Our explorations of Post-Impressionist art continue as we enter the whirl of Futurism led by the poet Marinetti and extending from Milan to Paris, London to Moscow. Its dramatic visual effect was challenging, but it inspired a wave of radical experimentation across Europe on the eve of the Great War.

 

Gino Severini: The Boulevard (1910; The Estorick Collecton; 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 History Mornings at The Beecroft (27th July): The Art of Natalia Goncharova (Post-Impressionism in Moscow)

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft Gallery
Saturday 27th July, 10.30am-12.30pm
with Dr ML Banting

The Art of Natalia Goncharova
(Post-Impressionism in Moscow)

In reflection of the first UK retrospective exhibition of Russian artist Natalia Goncharova currently at Tate Modern, today we will explore her art in the social, political and artistic contexts of pre-Revolutionary Moscow.

What happened when Goncharova brought Post-Impressionism, in all its glorification of colour, texture and dynamism, to Russia?

And how did she unite this modern visual aesthetic with traditional folk arts, creating wholly new ways of seeing her native country?

Goncharova - Self-portrait

Image: Natalia Goncharova: Self-portrait with Yellow Lilies”
(1908; Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; currently on exhibition at Tate Modern)

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 and Coffee Morning at The Beaumont (18th July 2019): “Flower Painting – The Pursuit of Colour”

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 18th July, 10.30-11.30am

Flower Painting: The Pursuit of Colour

Join us at The Beaumont, Southgate this morning as we explore the flower paintings of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists and how they might be viewed as experiments in an ever-increasing brilliance of colour, shape and textures.

Van Gogh - Cornflowers and Poppies

 Still Life: Vase with Cornflowers and Poppies, 1887 by Vincent Van Gogh

[private collection c/o bridgemanimages.com]

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

Free for residents. Non-residents are kindly asked for £2 on the door.

Coffee & biscuits provided.

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

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft (29th June 2019): The Camden Town Group

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft Gallery
Saturday 29th June, 10.30am-12.30pm
with Dr ML Banting

The Camden Town Group

Named after the area in north London in which Walter Sickert lived and painted, the Camden Town Group was formed in the wake of the Post-Impressionist Exhibition. As we’ll explore today, the Camden Town artists painted mainly urban and suburban scenes, exploring the modern world, everyday life, class and gender and often experimenting with brilliant colour.

Mrs Mounter at the Breakfast Table 1916-7 by Harold Gilman 1876-1919

Image: Harold Gilman – Mrs Mounter at the Breakfast Table (1916; Tate)

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 History Mornings at The Beecroft (May 2019): On or Around 1910, Post-Impressionism comes to Britain.

 

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft Gallery

Saturday 25th May 2019, 10.30am-12.30pm

with Dr ML Banting

 On or Around 1910:

Post-Impressionist Colour comes to Britain

Post-Impressionism 1910

Join us to discuss Roger Fry’s “Manet and the Post-Impressionists” exhibition, which caused such a furore in London, 1910.

The works of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and others riled the critics who saw it as marking the end of civilisation.

Today we’ll look at the impact of Post-Impressionism among the artists of Bloomsbury and Camden Town within a broader cultural and political spectrum, in particular the women’s suffrage movement’s use of symbolic colour.

 

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 History Mornings at The Beecroft (April 2019): The Ballets Russes

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft Gallery
Saturday 27th April 2019, 10.30am-12.30pm
with Dr ML Banting
The Art of the Ballets Russes

Join us to discuss the story of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes which caused such a stir in Paris and London with its modernist choreography, radical music and exotic costumes. The stories and stage-settings brought together numerous talented artists from Russia and across Europe, inspiring yet more artists in their exploration of Post-Impressionist painting. Today we’ll look again at these unique performances, assess their cultural impact and trace their influence on the visual arts.

Allinson - Russian Ballet

Adrian Paul Allinson (1890–1959): Tamara Karsavina (1885–1978) as the Firebird in ‘L’Oiseau de Feu’ (ballet by Michel Fokine)  [1918, Victoria and Albert Museum]

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 History Mornings at The Beecroft (30th March 2019): The Scottish Colourists

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft Gallery
Saturday 30th March 2019, 10.30am-12.30pm
with Dr ML Banting

The Scottish Colourists

In the wake of Van Gogh and Gauguin’s post-impressionism, artists across Europe were exploring the power of colour in the first years of the 20th century, many heading for Paris, the city of light and capital of art. Today we’ll explore the Parisian adventures and glorious early paintings of those young student-artists who would become known as   The Scottish Colourists.

Fergusson - Blue Hat

image: JD Fergusson’s “The Blue Hat” [1909; Edinburgh Council 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.