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  • Flaming June, all you ever wanted to know
    Flaming June, all you ever wanted to know
    Fri, May 24
    May 24, 2024, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Oddfellows Hall, and online, 15 Parkshot, Richmond TW9 2RG, UK
    May 24, 2024, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Oddfellows Hall, and online, 15 Parkshot, Richmond TW9 2RG, UK
    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
  • Remembrance Day: William Orpen: “Like a Sudden Growing Up”
    Remembrance Day: William Orpen: “Like a Sudden Growing Up”
    On Demand
    Online recorded lecture
    To mark Remembrance Day this lecture by Alan Read looks at the art of William Orpen. From grand society portraits to chillingly direct depictions of the battlefields his paintings were often quite extraordinary. Please find more info below
  • George Grosz's 'Sozialkritik'
    George Grosz's 'Sozialkritik'
    On Demand
    On Demand
    Online Recorded Lecture
    On Demand
    Online Recorded Lecture
  • The Inventors of Christmas
    The Inventors of Christmas
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    On Demand
    Online recorded lecture
    On Demand
    Online recorded lecture
    Everyone knows the ingredients of a traditional Christmas, but where did they start? This lecture looks at the characters and personalities of the people who began those traditions or introduced them to this country. more info below
  • Walter Sickert and the 'modernisation of British art'
    Walter Sickert and the 'modernisation of British art'
    On Demand
    On Demand
    Online recorded lecture
    On Demand
    Online recorded lecture
    Assistant to Whistler & friend to Degas, Sicker acted as a conduit for Impressionism. He was influential as an artist, writer & teacher, and the sense of unease and intrigue in his art many identify as a particular characteristic in British art. More info below
  • William Roberts (Adrian Allinson & Isaac Rosenberg), The Slade Picnic
    William Roberts (Adrian Allinson & Isaac Rosenberg), The Slade Picnic
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    Online Recorded Webinar
    Roberts was part of the Vorticist movement which made him one of the most cutting-edge artists of the time. In the 1920s he evolved a new style of ‘English Cubism’ with London his home and the life of Londoners his subject. He continued to work into his eighties and to exhibit at the Royal Academy.
  • David Bomberg, British Modernist & Pioneer
    David Bomberg, British Modernist & Pioneer
    On Demand
    On Demand
    Online Recorded Webinar
    On Demand
    Online Recorded Webinar
    One of the most talented artists associated with the Vorticist movement his style changed many times over the course of his life. WWI brought about the 1st of many major shifts, leading to a style which continues to exert influence on some of the most important British painters working today.
  • Christopher Nevinson; picnic at the Slade
    Christopher Nevinson; picnic at the Slade
    On Demand
    On Demand
    Online Recorded Webinar
    On Demand
    Online Recorded Webinar
    Christopher Nevinson (1889-1946) was the only British artist fully to embrace the principles of Futurism. An Official War Artist later known for his urban views of London, Nevinson was sadly lost in oblivion.
  • The Slade Picnic: Stanley Spencer
    The Slade Picnic: Stanley Spencer
    On Demand
    On Demand
    Online Recorded Webinar
    On Demand
    Online Recorded Webinar
    Equally adept at portrait commissions and landscapes/still lives, his personal live was as interesting as his visionary paintings. Join Alan as he discusses one of the artists of the Slade Picnic!
  • The unconventional maverick Laura Knight
    The unconventional maverick Laura Knight
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    On Demand
    Online Recorded Webinar
    On Demand
    Online Recorded Webinar
    Best known for sunny beach scenes and circus performers, Laura Knight (1877-1970) could also be an unconventional and sometimes maverick artist. Incredibly, in 1936, she became the first woman to be elected to the Royal Academy. Her long career showed her to be a perceptive and skilled artist.
  • Mark Gertler, British Modernist & Pioneer
    Mark Gertler, British Modernist & Pioneer
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    On Demand
    Online Recorded Webinar
    On Demand
    Online Recorded Webinar
    London-born Mark Gertler gained a scholarship to study at the Slade in 1908 and entered the circle of the Bloomsbury Group who patronised his art. Alan explores this interesting artist in this one hour lecture. More information below.
  • Whistler vs Ruskin: Flinging a Pot of Paint in the Public’s Face
    Whistler vs Ruskin: Flinging a Pot of Paint in the Public’s Face
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    Online Recorded Webinar
    The 1878 trial between artist & critic became the 1st great public debate in Britain about modern art. This talk looks at the issues & personalities involved in this famous courtroom drama, how their animosity divided the art world & the extent to which it can be argued that the outcome ruined both.
  • Love and Delusion: The Story of the Artist Wives of Stanley Spencer
    Love and Delusion: The Story of the Artist Wives of Stanley Spencer
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    Online Recorded Webinar
    Visionary and eccentric, the worlds created in the paintings of Stanley Spencer are quite unique. Just as remarkable was his relationship with his two wives. This lecture examines the art produced by this infamous group of artists, including some of Spencer’s most powerful paintings.
  • IDEALISED CLASSICISM: Jean-August Ingres
    IDEALISED CLASSICISM: Jean-August Ingres
    On Demand
    On Demand
    Online Recorded Webinar
    On Demand
    Online Recorded Webinar
    ‘There comes a time when an artist of genius feels somehow swept along by his own capacities...I think I am that man'. This week Alan will consider the great French Master Ingres, his history paintings, his portraits and his skill as a draughtsman.
  • ARROGANT REALISM: Gustav Courbet
    ARROGANT REALISM: Gustav Courbet
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    On Demand
    Online Recorded Webinar
    On Demand
    Online Recorded Webinar
    ‘I am the proudest and most arrogant man in France’ wrote Courbet. Alan will show in this 1 hour lecture how Courbet's approach resulted in a movement which radically altered the course of European art.
  • STUDIED SPONTANEITY: Edgar Degas
    STUDIED SPONTANEITY: Edgar Degas
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    On Demand
    Online Recorded Lecture
    On Demand
    Online Recorded Lecture
    ‘No art is less spontaneous than mine’ claimed Degas. Alan will demonstrate how Degas’s knowledge of Old Masters was fused with a fascination of modern life: ballet dancers, horse racing and bathing women.
  • The Elgin Marbles: A History
    The Elgin Marbles: A History
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    On Demand
    Online Recorded Webinar
    On Demand
    Online Recorded Webinar
    Please join Alan as he discusses How Lord Elgin Gained and Lost His Marbles! More information below.
  • PIONEERING CUBISM: George Braque
    PIONEERING CUBISM: George Braque
    On Demand
    On Demand
    Online Recorded Lecture
    On Demand
    Online Recorded Lecture
    ‘Roped together like mountaineers’ is how Braque characterised his relationship with Picasso in the development of Cubism. But his career was multi-faceted, and Alan will take us from his early association with Fauvism through to some of the most richly complex still lives of the twentieth century.
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