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Live and Recorded talks relating to:

the 19th Century

  • Flaming June, all you ever wanted to know
    Flaming June, all you ever wanted to know
    Coinciding with the return of Flaming June to London, where it will be displayed at the RA, and the delicate preparatory drawings by Leighton now on view at Leighton House, Alan dives into the ins & outs of this iconic painting! more info below
  • FREE: John Singer Sargent's Cosmopolitan Aesthetics
    FREE: John Singer Sargent's Cosmopolitan Aesthetics
    In this talk we will examine how this citizen of nowhere became the favourite portraitist everywhere. more info below
  • The Femme Fatale in late 19th century art
    The Femme Fatale in late 19th century art
    Who is the femme fatale & why was ‘she’ so popular in fin de siècle Europe? This talk will explore the image & idea of her in art and popular culture. Incl the work of Munch, Klimt, Oscar Wilde and Sarah Bernhardt we think about the attraction and disgust associated with the most corrupted women.
  • Exclusive Talk by director of the Turner House: dr Matthew Morgan
    Exclusive Talk by director of the Turner House: dr Matthew Morgan
    Join us as we welcome Matthew Morgan for a talk on 'Turner and the Thames', where he will discuss the special connection Turner had with London's river. more info to follow
  • Van Gogh's 444 days in Provence
    Van Gogh's 444 days in Provence
    Known as his brightest and most expressive period, this is also the time in which he became ill and cut off his ear. This one hour lecture will look at his own personal struggles and ambitions, the art that influenced him and the art he wanted to make. more info below
  • Master Pieces: Napoleon I on his Imperial Throne,byJean Auguste Dominique Ingres
    Master Pieces: Napoleon I on his Imperial Throne,byJean Auguste Dominique Ingres
    Not a public commission, but Ingres’ own invention, this painting is a reference to the cult of Napoleon and the use of every single piece of iconography available to show of his legitimacy as a ruler. Please join this talk on Napoleon, neo-classical art, propaganda, borrowing motifs & more!
  • Series: Happy Birthday Mr Turner!
    Series: Happy Birthday Mr Turner!
    To celebrate the 250th anniversary of JMW Turner’s birth (April 23 April 1775) Cindy will mark the event with a 3 part lecture series on the the career of one of the most widely admired and influential British artists of all time. More info below
  • John Singer Sargent and Fashion
    John Singer Sargent and Fashion
    Sargent was THE international star of the Gilded Age, most famous for his dramatic & stylish portraits of the elegant & wealthy. He brought his subjects to life and used fashion as a powerful tool to depict identity and personality. The lecture coincides with Tate exhibition, ‘Fashioned by Sargent'.
  • A magnificent legacy: the culture of collecting Islamic art in Victorian London
    A magnificent legacy: the culture of collecting Islamic art in Victorian London
    In this talk we explore the cultural ecosystem of Victorian London and the Burlington Fine Arts Club, and how these lead to the development of the fields of Islamic and Persian art, looking in particular at the collection in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
  • Inside Kelmscott Manor, William Morris's 'heaven on earth'
    Inside Kelmscott Manor, William Morris's 'heaven on earth'
    The doors of Kelmscott Manor in Oxfordshire, the beloved country home of William Morris, have finally reopened its doors to the public on 1/4/23. The perfect trip for a Bank Holiday weekend, join Mariska as she introduces some of the characters that made Kelmscott Manor.
  • Berthe Morisot
    Berthe Morisot
    In this talk we will trace Berthe Morisot's biography, her influences and the development of her style, and discuss how Morisot was able to thrive within the most radical group of artists, The Impressionists, in 19th century Paris. More info below.
  • Art of Ukraine: 'The Art of a Nation'
    Art of Ukraine: 'The Art of a Nation'
    We will consider how international popularised styles in the late 19 & 20th Centuries were used to define the characteristics of a Nation. more info below
  • Van Gogh's Self Portraits
    Van Gogh's Self Portraits
    The first ever exhibition devoted to Vincent van Gogh’s self-portraits across his entire career will take place at The Courtauld Gallery London from 3/2 – 8/5/22. Inspired by this exhibition, Mariska will give an introduction to the subject and works you might expect to see. more info below
  • Hokusai’s influence
    Hokusai’s influence
    Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾 北斎) was a prolific artist whose influence has stretched across international borders & centuries. This talk will introduce his artistic practice and some of his most famous artworks before discussing his impact on art in the West, particularly the work of Monet and Van Gogh.
  • American Impressionism
    American Impressionism
    American Impressionism was inspired by the tonal & stylistic effects of the French, but was uniquely linked with the changing face of America, often depicting the super wealthy, and painted by much more cosmopolitan artists than their European counterparts. More info below
  • Fauvism & La Belle Epoque
    Fauvism & La Belle Epoque
    After Realism & Naturalism, Impressionism & Post-Impressionism, Henri Matisse will break all the rules by applying furious pure colours deserving the mote “fauve” (wild beast) given by the art critic Louis Vauxcelles. Please join us to learn what happened in Paris after 1905. more info below
  • Master Pieces:  Ilya Repin's Religious Procession
    Master Pieces:  Ilya Repin's Religious Procession
    Highlighting 19th century European artistic &political influences, important 19th century Russian historical events &movements, nationalist feelings, and the complexities + mysteries of the Russian imperial territories by 1 of Russia's best loved artists, who was born in Ukraine and died in Finland.
  • The Birth of Cinema: first films, soap-operas and detective stories ever filmed
    The Birth of Cinema: first films, soap-operas and detective stories ever filmed
    The concept of “motion-pictures” later called “cinema” was born during la Belle Époque. In 1892, the first “cinématographe” camera was invented by Leon Bouly. It was able to record, develop & project motion pictures. We will enjoy the oeuvre of those great pioneers in this 1 hour talk more inf below
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